Water bill subsidies to EID small farm rate recipients
The graph (Above) showing how EID’s average annual small farm water bill in 2008 was $114 (29%) HIGHER than residential water bills but now in 2014 is $160 (21%) LOWER…this despite average small farm water consumption of 2.7 acre feet annually which is more than FOUR times the water consumption of the average EID residential ratepayer (based on 2007-2009 average residential water consumption of .62 acre feet annually):
(Note the $191/37% small farm bill reduction in 2009 from 2008, despite what EID publicized as a “revenue-neutral” conservation rate restructuring.)
It is mind-boggling to grasp how under EID’s so-called “fair and equitable” rate structure (which under California law is required to be cost-proportional) that an average small farm rate recipient is charged $160 (21%) less than what EID charges an individual residential ratepayer who consumes less than one-fourth the amount water.
On July 14th, EID Management will be asking EID’s board to approve further relaxed small farm qualification criteria so that many more self-professed “small farmers” can qualify for EID’s 93 percent-discounted $49 small farm rate (i.e., as compared to residential ratepayers who pay $829 per acre foot…seventeen times as much… for all consumption over 0.6 acre feet annually). If the EID board-majority approves further relaxed small farm rate qualification criteria on July 14th, the current $40 per residential ratepayer annual subsidy to small farm rate recipients will further increase.
If you care to let EID’s five board directors know your views regarding what EID’s General Manager calls “fair and equitable rates”, send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .