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Board Approves 2013 Budget and Rate Increase


admin January 14, 2013

PALMDALE, CA, January 14, 2013 –The Board of Directors of the Palmdale Water District adopted the 2013 Budget at their regular Board meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Board President, Gordon Dexter, stated, “The Board made a tough decision to add a rate increase to the 2013 budget, but it stabilizes finances and allows for access to funding for replacing old water mains.” Although the Board approved an 8% water rate increase, the effect to most customers will be a 3% increase due to the recent settlement of lawsuits between the City of Palmdale and the District. The settlement provisions provided a 10% larger water base allowance for both indoor and outdoor water usage starting January 1, 2013. This provision effectively decreased water rates by 5% for the average water bill. The average water bill is anticipated to increase approximately $1.40 per month; however, some customers may see a higher increase based on actual water usage.

Revenue created by the increase in water rates will go directly towards infrastructure projects and securing funds for infrastructure projects – specifically replacement of aging water mains built in the 1950s and well rehabilitation.

Also included in the 2013 budget is a freeze on staff merit raises, no cost of living adjustment (COLA), and elimination of an annual contract with Capital Dynamics. It will be a tough year for everyone, but the Board is dedicated to exploring every opportunity to reduce costs and committed to making the District as efficient as possible.

On January 19, 2013, the District is having a workshop on the new “Cash for Grass” program. The District will also explain the water re-allocation and the water rate change. Please call (661) 456-1001 to sign up for the workshop. There will be at least two workshops per month; seating is limited so call early.

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PWD is proud to sponsor the Antelope Valley Rural Museum! This hidden gem showcases the rich history of our valley. Stop by to learn more about the legacies of our community! 🏛️📜 #PWD #RuralMuseum #History
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¡Otro trabajo bien hecho de PWD Op-Techs Brian Toner, Corey Shere, Mike Childs, y Darren Dykes! Este equipo trabajó en conjunto para instalar una nueva bomba de muestreo y un sistema de válvulas en la Planta de Tratamiento de Agua Leslie O. Carter. Ahora, nuestra agua terminada fluye sin problemas al laboratorio para el monitoreo de la calidad del agua. #PWD #CalidadDelAgua
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Another job well done from PWD Op-Techs Brian Toner, Corey Shere, Mike Childs, and Darren Dykes! This team worked together to install a new sample pump and valving system at the Leslie O. Carter Water Treatment Plant. This allows our treated water to flow seamlessly to the laboratory for water quality monitoring. #PWD #WaterQuality 
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¡Otro trabajo bien hecho de PWD Op-Techs Brian Toner, Corey Shere, Mike Childs, y Darren Dykes! Este equipo trabajó en conjunto para instalar una nueva bomba de muestreo y un sistema de válvulas en la Planta de Tratamiento de Agua Leslie O. Carter. Ahora, nuestra agua terminada fluye sin problemas al laboratorio para el monitoreo de la calidad del agua. #PWD #CalidadDelAgua

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¡Dimos inicio oficial a nuestro 2024 Palmdale Water District Anual de la Academia de Embajadores del Agua esta noche! Estamos encantados de tener un grupo de miembros de la comunidad dedicados, sumergirse profundamente en el mundo de PWD y la industria del agua durante las próximas tres semanas. ¡Gracias a nuestro personal increíble para la entrega de presentaciones atractivas! Juntos, estamos construyendo una comunidad más consciente del agua. 💙 #WAA2023 #PWD #WaterAmbassadors #PalmdaleWaterDistrict
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We officially kicked off our 2024 Palmdale Water District Water Ambassadors Academy tonight! 🎉 Were thrilled to have a group of dedicated community members, diving deep into the world of PWD & the water industry over the next three weeks. Thanks to our incredible staff for delivering engaging presentations! Together, were building a more water-conscious community. 💙 #WAA2024 #PWD #WaterAmbassadors #PalmdaleWaterDistrict
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¡Dimos inicio oficial a nuestro 2024 Palmdale Water District Anual de la Academia de Embajadores del Agua esta noche! Estamos encantados de tener un grupo de miembros de la comunidad dedicados, sumergirse profundamente en el mundo de PWD y la industria del agua durante las próximas tres semanas. ¡Gracias a nuestro personal increíble para la entrega de presentaciones atractivas! Juntos, estamos construyendo una comunidad más consciente del agua. 💙 #WAA2023 #PWD #WaterAmbassadors #PalmdaleWaterDistrictImage attachment

Shoutout to PWD Op Techs for their incredible work at Littlerock Dam! 🙌 They upgraded pumps, check valves, and butterfly valves at the cistern. Their dedication and expertise ensure our infrastructure continues to run smoothly for the community. Great job team!
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¡Shoutout a PWD Op Techs por su increíble trabajo en Littlerock Dam! Ellos actualizaron las bombas, válvulas de retención y válvulas de mariposa en la cisterna. Su dedicación y experiencia aseguran que nuestra infraestructura siga funcionando sin problemas para la comunidad. ¡Gran trabajo equipo!
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Shoutout to PWD Op Techs for their incredible work at Littlerock Dam! 🙌 They upgraded pumps, check valves, and butterfly valves at the cistern. Their dedication and expertise ensure our infrastructure continues to run smoothly for the community. Great job team! 
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¡Shoutout a PWD Op Techs por su increíble trabajo en Littlerock Dam! Ellos actualizaron las bombas, válvulas de retención y válvulas de mariposa en la cisterna. Su dedicación y experiencia aseguran que nuestra infraestructura siga funcionando sin problemas para la comunidad. ¡Gran trabajo equipo!Image attachmentImage attachment
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