Letters to the Editor

Why is it still called EID?

By November 10, 2011

El Dorado Irrigation District has 39,000 water customers, of which 400 are agricultural customers. These 400 customers use 16 percent of EID’s water but pay a mere 1.5 percent of EID’s overall rate revenues.

Meanwhile, 47 percent of EID’s rate revenues are for sewer services and 1.8 percent more are for recycled water services.

EID’s medium usage El Dorado Hills customer pays $1,815 annually for EID water and sewer services, inclusive of property tax subsidies. Compare this $1,815 to EID’s 400 agricultural customers who pay water rates averaging $1,600 each annually — $2,250 on average for the 200 customers paying large farm rates, but a mere $480 for the 200 customers paying small farm rates.

Another way to look at EID is that just over 50 percent of its ratepayers are in El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park, but these 19,500 suburban ratepayers pay 70 percent of EID’s rate revenues and the property tax subsidies to EID’s rates.

Next, note that since 2000 alone, EID has received more than $120 million in water and sewer hook-up fees …”initiation dues” from 7,000 new ratepayers to join EID’s currently valued $400 million infrastructure. Yet now EID management is charging these same new 7,000 customers who paid $120 million “initiation dues” full equal shares to fix up $100 million of Project 184 assets which were in utter disrepair when EID bought Project 184 in 1999.

In any event, given that half of EID’s customers are suburban, and 70 percent of the money comes from suburbia, why do we still call our water and sewer utility El Dorado Irrigation District? And why doesn’t EID’s board meet half the time in El Dorado Hills or Cameron Park where 70 percent of EID’s rate and property tax revenues are coming from?

It’s well past time for EID to change its name to El Dorado Utilities District to give equal inclusiveness to sewer services where half of EID’s revenues come from. And it’s time to alternate where the board meets to reflect where fully half its customers are … and who is “picking up the check” for all that lavish EID spending.

Visit www.FixEID.org for more of the rest of the story on EID.

Greg Prada
Cameron Park 

Letter to the Editor

Discussion | 4 comments

  • Fed UpNovember 10, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    Are you serious Greg? Don't you have anything better to do than write a long winded diatribe about a name change? It doesn’t matter.

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  • Fed UpNovember 10, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    Yes, it's clear you were being facetious. But you really ought to come to EID learn about the real world costs of doing business - and the costs for what it takes to bring you clean water and take your sewage away. You're accusation of "lavish spending", thereby accusing EID of fiscal irresponsibility shows that you have no idea of the costs to do business with crippling federal and state regulations. EID has always put their customers first. EID's employees perform a "taken for granted" service daily, and are the first to suffer layoffs and cuts before customer’s rates are raised.

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  • Jack RousseauNovember 10, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Mr. Prada, you have got to be kidding. You apparently are willfully ignorant about the true costs of maintaining the complex system that delivers water to you and takes your crap away. You're as bad as the media machine: whipping up controversy and anger. As an EID ratepayer who lives in the "suburban" portion of the district, I find very little to complain about. What, an extra sawbuck every couple of months for service that reliably delivers tasty water and collects and treats to onerous (but environmentally necessary) levels my waste water? Are you serious?

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  • whatsinanameNovember 11, 2011 - 7:49 am

    My parents always taught me to think before I speak. In your case, Mr. Prada, you should probably think before you type. You have spun so many facts and figures about how spending at EID is out of control, yet your ridiculous proposal would create the sort of exorbitant spending you love to criticize. Who is going to pay for the changes to letterhhead, business cards, signs on all the vehicles, uniforms, facility signs, and name badges? Who is going to pay to notify the hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies, as well as contractors and consultants? Apparently statistical flotsam can clutter rational thought and impair critical thinking. EID has deep roots in the agricultural history of this county, and retaining the name pays homage to those who fought so hard to deliver you the water and provide you the services you undoubtedly enjoy. In a barrage of rhetorical digressions and accusatory half-truths, this is your crowning achievement. Well done. Think before you speak, Mr. Prada.

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