West Kern Water District provides water to municipal and industrial customers in the cities of Taft, Maricopa and the communities of McKittrick, Derby Acres, Fellows, Valley Acres, Dustin Acres and Tupman.
Due to the upcoming holidays, regular Board Meetings for November and December, 2022 will be moved to the following:
November’s regular Board Meeting will be moved from:
November 22, 2022 to November 15, 2022 -5:30 PM
December’s regular Board Meeting will be moved from:
December 27, 2022 to December 20, 2022 – 5:30 PM
At its regular meeting on September 27, 2022, the Board of Directors of the West Kern Water District (District) directed staff to initiate the process to adjust water rates to West Kern customers in accordance with Proposition 218. A revised study of the District’s water rates (Rate Study), which is the basis for the proposed rate adjustments, is available on the District’s website. Hard copies of the Rate Study are available upon request. A public hearing has been set for December 20, 2022 to hear formal protests regarding the rate adjustments from those entitled to protest. A notice of public hearing was recently sent to customers in accordance with Proposition 218 guidelines. If a pure majority of protest is not received, the new rates will be adopted, become effective immediately and be reflected on your February 2023 water bill. Two public workshops have been scheduled to discuss the Rate Study and Prop 218 process in more detail. The date, time and location of the public workshops are listed below.
The last water rate adjustment became effective in 2011. Since that time, the District has experienced considerable increases in the costs associated with providing water service to its customers, which are beyond the District’s control. Major issues contributing to those costs included reduced surface water supplies from the State Water Project (SWP), increased costs for replacement water, maintaining the reliability of the water delivery infrastructure (including participation in the Delta Conveyance Project) and volatile energy prices, to name a few. As such, the Board has determined that a uniform increase in water rates is necessary in-order- to maintain proper operations and maintenance of District facilities and systems. Even with the rate adjustment your water rates are among the most affordable in the area.
Public Workshop Schedule
November 15, 2022, 10:00am to 11:00am – Westside Recreation and Parks District Conference Hall
December 6, 2022, 5:30pm to 6:30pm – Westside Recreation and Parks District Conference Hall
West Kern Water District will be moving all customers to a monthly billing cycle. Note: This only effects customers currently billed bi-monthly. Over several months, a major effort has been underway to upgrade the District’s residential and commercial metering system. This upgrade will assist conservation efforts, identify leaks in real time, allow customers on-line access to better manage their water use and reduce billing errors. We anticipate upgrades will be completed by October 1, 2022. Additional information about the change to monthly billing will be included in the first bill following the change. Customers will be able to access their usage information online through a metering application called EyeOnWater.
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West Kern Water District, Since 1959
November 4, 2022| Announcements
800 Kern Street • Taft, CA 93268
Phone: (661) 763-3151 • Fax: (661) 765-4271
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm