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Posted on: May 3, 2017

Your Dollars at Work

You Dollars at Work

Utility ratessupport infrastructure improvements required to continuedelivering safe and reliable water, sewer, and solid wasteservices to our customers.

Every day we pump, treat, test and deliver nearly 7 million gallons of water from our local groundwater wells and creeks. Our customers get clean potable water on-demand for less than a penny per gallon. However, our aging infrastructure is creating costly maintenance issues and frequent service disruptions. More than half of the City’s water and sewer pipes are over 50 years old and are coming to the end of their expected lifespan. The cost to maintain and replace ourpipes and wells continues to rise as the cost of materials and electricity increase. The cost of replacingold water mains is about $750,000 per mile. Watsonville is taking a proactive approach to reduce thiscost and disruption to customers with our Water Main Replacement Program.

The City is also in the process of meeting increasingly stringent drinking water regulations that requirenew treatment technologies. The new State Chromium 6 regulation will require over $20 million in newwater treatment systems. We are currently designing the treatment for the different sites and are ontrack to comply by 2020. It will take a combination of grants, loans and water rates to maintain ourCity’s water system in compliance with State regulations.

The City’s combined rates for water; sewer and garbage services are the lowest in the area. Ourcommitment to you is to continue providing a high level of service at the lowest cost!

For more information call the customer service number at 768-3133.

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