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Drought Information

Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for California and has called for a 20% reduction in personal water use statewide.

South Feather Water and Power Agency’s total consumptive demand in 2013 was only 33% of the anticipated yield for the 2013-14 drought-declared water year.  Therefore, SFWPA is not anticipating having to impose drought contingencies, restrictions or rationing requirements on its customers.  The Agency’s water storage and supply sources will continue to more than adequately meet the current and foreseeable future demand.

Storage information (in acre-feet) for SFWPA’s storage facilities is posted at http://cdec.water.ca.gov.  The Station ID for Little Grass Valley Reservoir is “LGV”, and the ID for Sly Creek Reservoir is “SLC.”  Agency personnel send its storage report every Monday, and the data is usually posted to this website by DWR about one to two weeks after it is sent.

Notwithstanding South Feather’s ample storage and supply, water conserved by Agency customers becomes available for environmental and consumptive uses in areas of the state south of SFWPA’s service area.  Therefore, South Feather Water and Power Agency strongly supports the drought declaration and the statewide voluntary reduction in water use.

In the recent past, SFWPA has expended significant financial and personnel resources to implement many water conservation measures including updating, repairing and replacing water conveyance facilities,  modernizing water treatment plants, and water measurement improvements.    You can also play a role in conserving water and save yourself money in the process by becoming conscious of the amounts of water your household is using, and by looking for ways to use less whenever you can.  It is not hard to conserve water.  Here are a few tips:

  • Automatic dishwashers use 15 gallons for every cycle, regardless of how many dishes are loaded.  So get a run for your money and load it to capacity.
  • Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
  • Check every faucet in your home for leaks.  Just a slow drip can waste 15 to 20 gallons each day.  Fix it and you can save almost 6,000 gallons per year.
  • Check your toilets for leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank.  Watch for a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl.  It is not uncommon to lose up to 100 gallons per day from an invisible toilet leak.  Fix it and you save more than 30,000 gallons per year.
  • Use your water meter to detect hidden leaks.  Simply turn off all taps and water-using appliances.  Then check the meter after 15 minutes.  If it moved, you have a leak and may need to call a plumber.

Public Notice: Appropriation Limits

The Board of Directors will consider adopting the attached resolution at its meeting on January 28, 2014 to establish the appropriation limit of the Agency at $910,897 for Fiscal Year 2013.

PDF – Resolution: 20140128_Appr_Limit

Now Pay Online

South Feather Water and Power Agency now offers a web payments system. Click “Bill Pay” in the top right hand corner of the website to be taken to the new web portal. This web payment system allows for payments by credit card or check 24 hours a day. Customers may also access bill, payment, and usage history for each account. Try the new web payment system now.

Water Rates Reduced

The cost of water for customers of South Feather Water and Power Agency (SFWPA) will be less in 2012.

The average homeowner receiving water from SFWPA will pay $100 less in 2012 as a result of action taken recently by SFWPA’s Board of Directors. Beginning January 1, the cost of treated water will drop from 64¢ per unit down to 53¢ (a unit is 100 cubic feet, or 748 gallons). The rate will drop again in 2014 down to 42¢, and then again in 2017 down to 35¢.

For many years, SFWPA has been subsidizing the expense of treating and delivering water to its customers. The Agency will spend $2.62 million in 2011 for this purpose, with only $2.2 million being billed to customers. Revenue from the sale of electricity has been used to make up the difference. The reduction in rates that will go into effect in 2012 will reduce water-sales revenue and, by 2017, about $1 million of power revenue annually will be used to subsidize water treatment and delivery expenses.

Jim Edwards, SFWPA’s Board President, explained that the rate reduction was made possible by the increased revenue that is now coming from a new power purchase agreement between SFWPA and PG&E. He said, “We’ve been planning this change in rates for several years now, and are excited to finally be able to reduce the cost of water for our customers.”

SFWPA’s rate structure that has been in place for over two decades has two tiers. Customers are charged 64¢ per unit for up to 100 units of water consumed (748,000 gallons). The price then drops to 25¢ per unit for all consumption beyond the first 100 units. The new rate structure will drop the price for the first 100 units from 64¢ in three stages down to 35¢ in 2017 (53¢ in 2012, and 42¢ in 2014). At the same time, the second-tier price will increase in three stages from 25¢ to 35¢ per unit in 2017 (28¢ in 2012, and 31¢ in 2014). By the time the third stage is implement in 2017, customers will pay only 35¢ per unit, regardless of the amount they consume.