August 30, 2018

Water Banking Fee?  Recharge Fee?  Huh?

As a result of the water rate restructure earlier this year, water bills now reflect two distinct charges in addition to the charge based on the number of units used.

One is the “water banking fee.”  This fee is $.35, and is charged for every unit of water used (regardless of the number of units).  The water banking fee is used to fund storage of water in the basin.  Golden Hills CSD has approximately 3,800-acre feet of water “banked.” Did you know that Golden Hills leads the water banking effort, ahead of every other water purveyor in the Tehachapi Valley?  Water banking is mandated by the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District to ensure all municipal customers have adequate supplies in times of shortage.

The second fee is the “recharge fee.”  This $.45 fee is in addition to the water banking fee, but is charged only on those units of water beginning with the 10th unit used.  Recharge efforts are necessary when Golden Hills uses more water than it is allocated through the adjudication.  When more water is used than allocated, Golden Hills has to purchase water from the Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District.  The recharge fee is used to purchase the additional water.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming “Ghoulden Hills” Trick or Treat event, scheduled for October 27, 2018.  Many thanks to the vendors who have signed up to participate!  Space is limited – reserve your spot soon!