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Beware of EID regional water rate comparisons

EDITOR:

Of all the literature received during District 5 EID board campaigns, the EID regional water rate bar charts are misleading for El Dorado Hills residents. These bar charts show EID bi-monthly water cost close to average of other districts but assume a district-wide unrealistic low usage of 2,700 cf (27 hcf) for those in El Dorado Hills.

El Dorado Hills village CC&Rs, in most cases, mandate that we have and water so much lawn area unlike those up the hill. As a result, most of us in El Dorado Hills see summer usage more like 12,000-15,000 cf (120-150 hcf). Considering EID’s low basic water charge (in most cases half of other districts) and their higher usage rates, El Dorado Hills residents would see their summer water cost among the highest on a bar chart.

Additionally, our EID board member admitted that our wastewater treatment facility is 35 percent to 50 percent (probably more like 50) over capacity which could have been built and/or expanded incrementally through the years. Please vote to stop these excesses on Nov. 8. Thank you.

Jeff Smith
El Dorado Hills

Short URL: http://www.villagelife.com/?p=12989

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  1. Good point, Jeff! The average EDH residential customer uses .77 acre feet of water annually vs. the .421 acre feet in EID’s chart. So counting the”tiering” of rates, the average EID bill is more than double what’s shown in EID’s comparison chart.

    But wait, there’s more!

    Also, EID receives $10 million of Property Tax revenues that subsidize rates by $157 per water customer annually . Here’s a chart you’ll never see from EID:
    http://www.fixeid.org/link-to-pages/trots1007_donttellaboutrates.html
    Visit http://www.FixEID.org for more of the real truth about EID’s “sky-high” rates, accounting chicanery, and various other abuses of its ratepayers.

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