California Water Efficiency Laws Information
Notice of Proposed Increase in Service Charges for Water Purchased from South Feather Water and Power Agency
November 6, 2019
Dear Property Owner and/or Water Customer:
The Purpose of this letter is to advise you that the Board of Directors of the South Feather Water and Power Agency has proposed increasing your monthly service charge. Under the proposal, all Agency customers would experience a $4.00 increase in the monthly service charge. This notice will also advise you that the Agency’s Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing to receive comments and protests on the proposed change; on January 28, 2020, commencing at the hour of 2:00 p.m., located at 2310 Oro-Quincy Highway, Oroville, California.
Why is the increase necessary? South Feather Water and Power Agency’s rates to provide water have been kept artificially low. The current low rates assume a significant financial contribution from the generation and sale of hydropower each year through a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Unfortunately, over the past nine years, hydropower revenues have not met forecasted expectations. Some explanations for the decrease in revenue include:
- Federal and State policies encouraging alternative energy sources, specifically solar and wind power, resulting in less demand for hydropower and lower prices for the energy produced.
- Dam safety and regulatory license requirements have significantly increased costs to the Agency.
The basis of the proposed changes in service fee.
A substantial amount of hydropower revenue is required to finance the capital requirements of the Agency, including water treatment, storage, and distribution system repairs and operation and maintenance of infrastructure. A portion of the revenues from the South Feather Power Project can be used by the Agency to offset the cost of delivering water. From a customer’s standpoint, this means that hydroelectric revenues provide funds to the Agency which it can use to offset the cost of its water operations, making it ultimately less expensive to Agency customers.
The proposed change in service charges reflect a rate for water use which is still far below the cost of producing and delivering water because these costs will continue to be subsidized with revenue from the Agency’s hydroelectric facilities. The remaining balance of hydroelectric revenues must be used to finance the Agency’s capital expenses, including the costs of the hydroelectric system, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission License and to maintain required reserves.
The amount of the proposed increase.
The service charge for Potable Water (domestic treated water) will change from the current $15.00 to $19.00 per month.
The service charge for Non-Potable (irrigation water) will change from the current $17.50 to $21.50 per month.
The flat rate account service charge for Non-Potable (irrigation water) will change from the current $56.50 to $60.50 per month.
Reason for the proposed change in service fee.
The Agency’s Board of Directors has determined that the rate for water service be closer aligned with actual operational costs. Article XIII D, section of the California Constitution, approved by the voters as Proposition 218 in 1996, mandates, among other things, that the Agency charge its customers no more the cost of the service to deliver water. The Agency is fortunate to have a hydropower subsidy to keep its water rates below its actual cost of service. However, due to declining hydropower revenue, the Agency is proposing that the amount of the subsidy be reduced by $4.00 per month per customer account.
How does the service fee increase benefit me?
The proposed increase in service charges helps the Agency to continue as a viable independent, not-for-profit special district governed by board members chosen and elected by the community. The proposed increase in service charges will help reduce the reliance on hydropower revenue as California continues to migrate towards mainstream solar.
The Agency’s Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed service fee change at 2:00 p.m. on January 28, 2020, at the Agency office located at 2310 Oro Quincy Highway, Oroville, California.
You have a right to protest the proposed changes. Oral protests will be heard at the public hearing described above. Written protests will also be considered at that time. Please be advised that if written protests actually received by the Agency prior to the close of the public hearing represent more than 50% of owners or customers subject to the Agency’s rates and charges, then the Board will not implement the proposed change. Only written (not oral) protests will be counted for this purpose, and only one protest will be counted for each parcel. Written protests should be directed to the Agency at the following address:
South Feather Water and Power Agency
2310 Oro Quincy Hwy
Please contact the Agency office at (530) 533-4578 should you desire further information with respect to the proposed change in rates.
RATH T. MOSELEY
The Agency’s 2019 Appropriations Limit has been calculated at $1,026,619. Proceeds from property taxes for the Agency in 2019 are budgeted to be $543,800.
Please see the complete report for more information: 2019 Appropriations Limit
The South Feather Water and Power Agency experienced flooding in their main office on Oro Quincy. The office will be closed as repairs are being made. Phone lines should be operational after 10am on Tuesday April 9th. Please call (530) 533-4578 for any assistance.
In an effort to reach more customers, South Feather Water and Power Agency has created this communication page. If you would like more information on the topics below, please fill out the contact information and select the categories of most interest to you. As information becomes available we will send the articles to your email address.
- Agency News: Events, elections, history and financial updates
- Outage – Irrigation: Irrigation seasons, emergency and planned irrigation outages
- Outage – Potable: Issues regarding water quality, planned and emergency domestic water outages.
- Water Conservation: Methods of conservation, tips and legislation
Please see our new page on applying for water service at “How do I find out if water is available on my property?“
The current flows and spillway failure does not
impact South Feather distribution of treated water.
For more information visit DWR’s web page:
call (800) 952-5530
The “turf and toilet” rebate program is financed by the Proposition 1 water bond approved by voters in 2014. The program will help carry out Governor Brown’s April 1 Executive Order on drought to further reduce water use in homes by replacing more than 10 million square-feet of lawn and upgrading more than 60,000 water-wasting toilets.
DWR will oversee the two rebate programs, which provide a $100 consumer rebate to replace one old toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement. Californians can visit www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com to apply for the rebates.
June 3, 2015
Re: Implementing State-Mandated Drought Contingencies
Dear Water User:
On April 1, 2015, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, directing the State Water Board to issue emergency water conservation regulations to achieve a mandatory statewide 25% reduction in potable water usage through February 28, 2016. Subsequently, the State Water Board adopted Emergency Regulations which, among other things, impose additional water use prohibitions and mandate the Agency to achieve 36% savings in its customers’ potable water use in 2015 as compared to their use in 2013.
The Agency’s current available water supply, in conjunction with its customers’ conservation record and the Agency’s conservation efforts, would not independently justify imposing a mandatory 36% reduction in the Agency’s potable water production in order to protect against continuing drought conditions, as the Emergency Regulations do. Were it not for these mandatory regulations, South Feather Water and Power would not have to impose restrictions on its customers other than to request reasonable and voluntary conservation efforts. The Agency’s water storage currently stands at 70% of average for this time of year, which amount exceeds well over four times its customers’ annual potable demand.
Although the Agency believes that the State is imposing conservation measures on Agency customers that are inappropriate and unnecessary, South Feather intends to utilize its best efforts to comply with the Emergency Regulations’ mandates, which include the following wasteful water practices:
- Applying potable water to outdoor landscapes in a manner that causes runoff such that water flows onto adjacent property, non-irrigated areas, private and public walkways, roadways, parking lots, or structures;
- Use of a hose that dispenses potable water to wash a motor vehicle, except where the hose is fitted with a shut-off nozzle or device attached to it that causes it to cease dispensing water immediately when not in use;
- The application of potable water to driveways and sidewalks;
- The use of potable water in a fountain or other decorative water feature, except where the water is part of a recirculating system;
- The application of potable water to outdoor landscapes during and within 48 hours after measurable rainfall;
- The serving of drinking water other than upon request in eating or drinking establishments, including but not limited to restaurants, hotels, cafes, cafeterias, bars, or other public places where food or drink are served and/or purchased; and,
- The irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians;
- The irrigation with potable water of landscapes outside of newly constructed homes and buildings in a manner inconsistent with regulations or other requirements established by the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development; and,
- Failure of the operator of hotels and motels to provide guests with the option of not having towels and linens laundered daily.
Also, outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes or turf utilizing potable water shall only be conducted between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. This restriction does not apply to the limited use of a hand-held bucket or similar container, a hand-held hose equipped with a positive self-closing water shut-off nozzle or device, an irrigation system that uses stream rotor sprinklers that meet a 70% efficiency standard, very low-flow drip-type irrigation systems where no emitter produces more than two gallons of water per hour, or to commercial nurseries and growers utilizing non-potable, raw water.
We know that our customers are conscious of the drought because they already achieved a 10% decrease in 2014 as compared to 2013, and they are on track to conserve even more in 2015. So, in addition to implementing the mandatory conservation measures listed above, we’re asking Agency customers to implement measures within their households and businesses to reduce per-capita water use by 25% so that we can achieve the Agency’s assigned water conservation goal (water saving tips are available at www.southfeather.com). The Agency has no plans to impose water budgets or penalties on its customers, and there are also no plans to increase water rates to affect conservation.
Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information.
South Feather Water and Power Agency
Michael C. Glaze, General Manager
Interview courtesy of Bill Sharman at KHP Radio FM 97.1 in Oroville, California. Interview originally aired on KHP Radio on May 10, 2015.
In response to the Governor’s April 1 drought emergency proclamation, South Feather Water and Power Agency is asking its customers to implement measures within their households and businesses to reduce per-capita water use by 25%. Customers are also being asked to limit their outdoor irrigation of ornamental landscapes and turf to every other day.
On April 1, 2015, the Agency had approximately 115,000 acre-feet of water in storage. End-of-year storage will be 60,000 acre-feet. Water consumed by customers for all purposes in 2015 will be less than 20,000 acre-feet. Conserved water remains in storage for the exclusive use of Agency customers.
In order to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations, South Feather Water and Power Agency will be performing a significant modification project to the Lost Creek Dam that will result in increased strength and serviceability of the dam. As a result, Lost Creek Dam and Reservoir will be closed to the public beginning in the spring of 2015 through the fall of 2017. Any change in status of this project will be posted at www.southfeather.com
All questions relating to this project can be directed to Shawn Hayse at 530-538-8856; or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Total Bid Amount ($)
|Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc.||$ 19,664,650|
|Flat Iron West, Inc.||$ 21,486,825|
|Shimmick Construction Company, Inc.||$ 23,674,610|
|Kiewit Infrastructure West, Inc.||$ 23,743,000|
|ASI Constructors, Inc.||$ 26,407,070|
|Granite Construction Company||$ 27,736,949|
|Company||Contact Name||Contact Info|
|McMillen, LLC||Curtis NeibaurCurtis.neibaur@Mcmillen-llc.com
1401 Shoreline Dr.
Boise, ID 83702
|Midwest Mobile Waterjet LLC||Brian GleesonBgleeson@mmwaterjet.com||651-755-7089651-497-0417
555 Barge Channel Road
St. Paul. MN 55107
|Johnson-Wilson Constructors, Inc.||Gary Wilson, P.E.Gary@johnson-wilson.com||(406) 443-0847(406) 459-3658|
|MCM Construction, Inc.||Ron BurchRburch@mcmconstructioninc.com||(916) 334-1221(916) 334-0562
6413 32nd Street
North Highlands, CA 95660
|SSL Innovative Construction Products (MSEPlus)||Andrew ThompsonAndrewt@mseplus.com||(831) 430-9300(831) 3430-9340
4740 Scotts Valley Drive, Suite E
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
|RA Nemetz Construction||Mark LoveMark@ranemetz.com||(209) 744-1001(209) 744-1005
PO Box 5306
Galt, CA 95632
|California Drilling & Blasting Co., Inc.||Kenny LuysterKluyster@cadrillnblast.com||(209) 785-1650|
|Holdrege & Kull||Shane Cummingssdcummings@handk.net||(530) 894-2487(530) 894-2437
8 Seville Court, Ste 100
Chico, CA 95928
|CMC Rebar||Megan VillalobosMegan.email@example.com||(209) 834-9330(209) 836-1457
120 W. Larch Road
Tracy, CA 95304
|Granite Construction Co.||Colin CrawfordColin.firstname.lastname@example.org||(916) 855-4466(916) 825-4965
4001 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
|HydroPressure Cleaning, Inc.||Jeff GlassJeffg@hydropressure.com||(805) 383-2868(805) 388-0423
413 Dawson Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
|Ford Construction Company||Jim Murrayest@ford-construction.com||(209) 333-1116(209) 333-8597
639 East Lockeford St
Lodi, CA 95240
|Syblon Reid||Scott GoodallScottG@srco.com||(916) 351-0457(916) 351-1674
PO Box 100
Folsom, CA 95763
|SMB Industries dba Metal Works||Trista HamblinTrista@mtlwks.com||(530) 532-3710(530) 532-3760
550 Georgia Pacific Way
Oroville, CA 95965
|ASI Constructors, Inc.||Richard W. King, Estimating ManagerRking@asiconstructors.com||(719) 647-2821(719) 647-2890
1850 E. Platteville Blvd.
Pueblo West, CO 81007
|Barnard Construction||Kevin SchneiderKevin.email@example.com||(406) 586-1995(406) 581-7899
701 Gold Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
|K.W. Emerson, Inc.||Mike McPheeMike@kwemerson.com||(209) 754-3839 x. 102(209) 754-3830
P.O. Box 549
413 W. St. Charles St.
San Andreas, CA 95249
|Shimmick Construction||Jamie HelmickJhelmick@shimmick.com||(510) 777-5000(510) 777-5099
8201 Edgewater Dr., Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94621
|D.A. Lampe Construction||Darren Lampedalampeconst@comcast.net||(530) 520-0742(530) 343-7442
P.O. Box 1218
Durham, CA 95938 (Mail)
3060 Thorntree Dr. #90
Chico, CA 95973 (office)
|Hughes Brothers Inc.||Casey MattsonCasey.firstname.lastname@example.org||(800) 869-0359(402) 646-6262
210 N 13th St
P.O. Box 159
Seward, NE 68434-0159
|OneSource Distributors||George GuilloryGguillory@1sourcedist.com||(510) 441-2411 x5106(707) 290-7100
2001 Marina Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94577
|ProVen Management Inc.||Maria MaresMaria@provenmanagement.com||(415) 421-9500(415) 421-9600
2000 Fifth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
|Sierra Mountain Construction, Inc.||Nick NjirichNick@sierramtn.net||(415) 896-2859(415) 830-7150
16355 Yosemite Road
Sonora, CA 95370
|C&K Johnson Industries, Inc.||Jesse JohnsonCkjohnsonind@gmail.com||(707) 822-7687(707) 822-5813
1061 Samoa Blvd
Arcata, CA 95521
|Garco Construction, Inc.||Tim R. LoucksTloucks@garco.com||(509) 535-4688(509) 535-1384
4114 E. Broadway Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99202
|Cutting Technologies||Jay FaithJay@cuttingtechnologies.com||(856) 456-2255(856) 456-8070
101 Washington Ave
Gloucester City, NJ 08030
|Neil’s Controlled Blasting||Craig Lepleycallepca@aol.com||(415) 760-6779(916) 663-2507
490 Main Street
Newcastle, CA 95658
|J.E. McAmis||Scott Vandegriftsvandegrift@jemcamis.com||(530) 891-5061(530) 624-9732
621 Country Dr.
Chico, CA 95928
|Flatiron West, Inc.||Lillian SimonLiSimon@flatironcorp.com||(707) 742-6000(707) 742-6053
(707) 746-1603 (fax)
2100 Goodyear Road
Benicia, CA 94510
|American Hydro||John Bertjbert@americanhydro.net||(443) 324-5891(410) 574-8470
9209 Philadelphia Road
Baltimore, MD 21237
|HPC, Inc.||Paul Phelpspaulp@hydropressure.com
|805-760-3438413 Dawson Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012
|Central Environmental Inc.||Tallun Andersontallun@cei-alaska.com
|907-632-0297311 N. Sitka St
|510-636-2100480 Roland Way Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94621
|Manito Construction Inc.||Ron Sanchezjeff@manitoconstruction.com
1043 Serpentine Ln
Pleasonton, CA 95945
|Nordic Industries||Ray Bertelsenestimating@nordicind.com||530-742-7124530-742-5545
1437 Furneaux Rd.
Olivehurst, CA 95961
|Penhall Company||Ron LeRossignolrlerossignol@penhall.com||916-842-95138416 Specialty Circle
Sacramento, CA 95628
*** Updated: September 25, 2014 ***
On September 15, 2014, the bid specifications and drawings for the Lost Creek Dam Improvement Project were issued to contractors that have executed a Non-disclosure Agreement with SFWPA. To receive bid documents and supporting data, a Non-disclosure Agreement must be submitted to SFWPA Power Division Manager, Kathy Zancanella (Kzancanella@southfeather.com), no later than September 24, 2014. A Mandatory Pre-bid meeting will be held at 10am on September 29, 2014 at the SFWPA Board Room located at 2310 Oro Quincy Highway, Oroville, CA 95966. Bids will be opened on October 24, 2014. No new prime contractors will be allowed to participate in the bid process after the September 29, 2014 pre-bid meeting. Subcontractors who want to review bid documents must either execute a non-disclosure agreement with SFWPA prior to the pre-bid meeting or be added to a prime contractor’s subcontractor list.
The Lost Creek Dam Improvement Project will be released to bid when the final engineering approvals are received from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Division of Safety of Dams. This is expected to occur in August-September 2014.
Parties interested in receiving notifications relating to the procurement process for the subject project should contact the Project Engineer at AECOM Technical Services, Inc., via regular U.S. mail or email at the addresses provide below in order to be added to the list.
|Thomas R. Barnard, PE
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
2020 L Street, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95811
Please provide contact information for the person to be notified regarding the status of the construction services procurement process for the subject project as follows:
|Primary Contact: Name, Voice and Fax Telephone Numbers [please provide only one contact person]|
Interested parties will be required to execute a Non-disclosure Agreement with South Feather Water and Power Agency prior to receiving any bid documents that are considered Critical Energy Infrastructure Information.
This notice contains South Feather Water and Power’s proposed resolution for the May 27, 2014 board meeting. This resolution will establish the 2014 Appropriation Limit.
Thank you for visiting our website regarding your water quality concerns. In addition to making sure the water at our customers’ taps is safe to drink, South Feather Water and Power Agency also strives to meet customer expectations for water characteristics such as taste, odor and appearance. These types of aesthetic concerns in drinking water are not considered public health threats, and the source water and distribution system is frequently monitored to assure water quality standards are met. The water quality concerns of our customers is given immediate attention and considered as one of our highest priorities.
We are currently experiencing a taste and odor problem that is the result of an unusually high concentration of organic matter in our source-water reservoir. We are presently importing fresh water into the reservoir to reduce the concentration of the problematic organic matter. Also, the water distribution system is being flushed extensively to provide improved water quality to our customers’ residences.
Thank you for your time, attention and patience regarding this important subject.
For more information, please read: http://southfeather.com/2014/04/unusual-taste-and-odor-in-sfwpa-water-not-a-health-or-safety-concern/