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Pleasanton Water Woes - Rate Increases, PFAS, Tone Deaf Council Members

Original post made by Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows, on Jul 19, 2023

Last night's city council water rate meeting is history. The discussion continues. Balch valiantly tried to inject business sense into the council majority.

While councilmember Balch spoke, the camera was on the faces of the other four members of the council. Their body language expressions were anger, (fuming).

There were callers that never got the opportunity to speak because of some glitch. One late caller persisted and hung in there, his persistence forced the glitch to be corrected.

He spoke to explain what council member Balch was recommending, (the competing with borrowing, capitol expenses, interest rates). The speaker irritated the other four members of the council.

The four-council majority is hell bent to go with what city staff has presented. If not for the regulatory public discussion period requirement, it would be a done deal.

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Posted by DM
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 21, 2023 at 1:33 pm

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Dint Zone 7 increase water cost by $0.32 on Feb 1 2023 ? Also dint we pay the increased drought rates over the past several years ? Now that we are no longer in drought - instead of the rates coming down they want to increase it ? This sounds like absolute mismanagement - why is it that water rates have to increase so rapidly in such a short time. if you consider the increase of Feb1 2023 which was ~ 9% already, then by Jan 1 2026 the total rate increase will be an atrocious 90 % in just 3 years. (Ref calculation = 1.09 (Feb 2023)*1.30(Nov 2023)*1.20(Jan 2025)*1.12(Jan 2026) = Total of 1.90 = 90% increase from Start of 2023 to Start of 2026 (in 3 Years) Also the astoundingly higher drought water rates we paid during the drought - where did that go ? (Did Zone 7 dig new wells or build new reservoirs ?) Other than passing on all the costs to the consumers - what is the City and Zone 7 doing to fix the management of water resources so that costs come down and quality increases ?

Posted by keeknlinda
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 24, 2023 at 9:57 am

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@DM What Zone 7 did was start work on a PFAS treatment project that is expected to be online in just a couple of months. This will allow the return of their most productive Stoneridge Well, some 4700 acre feet or so, to service. At the same time, they are working on a pipeline to enhance the Chain of Lakes for groundwater storage. So both of your concerns are being addressed.
Pleasanton leaders are differentiating between what money is for Pleasanton's cost of delivering water and all the rest of those charges on our utility bill. For us, the ones who pay the bill, yup. We've paid more, but that money goes toward sewer charges, both Pleasanton's and DSRSD's, and for the increased charges from Zone 7 for distribution (fixed) costs and variable fees, depending on how much water we actually use.
So the city's claim is they haven't raised rates, but for those of us who write the checks, it's a little hard to buy that.

Posted by LongTimeP-Towner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 25, 2023 at 12:16 pm

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It is actually a 74.7% increase over the three years. Incredible lack of concern for Pleasanton residents.

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