Garberville Sanitary District Says They Have No Intention of Raising Their Rates
Garberville Sanitary District had their monthly meeting on July 25th and enclosed are the highlights of what was discussed, along with a list of accomplishments, projects and information we wanted to share with the public.
Contrary to false information provided by some people in public forums, Garberville Sanitary District has no intention, nor have they had any discussion about raising rates for average water use residents. The rate study we have been working on is to determine what our revenue to expense and fiscal stability is.
We have experienced a renewed interest from commercial agricultural farmers and businesses, to use treated District water for commercial use and the Board is investigating the impact excessive water demand will have on our infrastructure and the cost to make any improvements necessary to meet those agricultural demands.
The Board President requested an update on improvements during the past couple years and they include: A new Water Treatment Facility, Stopping a 50,000 gpd water leak, installing a 200,000 gallon storage tank, Adding an additional 10,000 gallon storage tank to the Wallen Road water tank site and improving the road to the tank, installing a 3ft culvert and road to a sewer pump station to stop rain washouts, install new wireless telemetry and control panels for accurate data collection, install over 1,200ft of new water and sewer main lines and service connections, purchase a hydro jetter for cleaning the sewer collection system, purchase a utility truck, installed two fire hydrants with 8 more planned for replacement this year with Measure Z money, switched from making our own chlorine at high cost (excessive staff time) to using liquid chlorine, purchase video equipment to inspect the sewer collection system, completed the annexation and SOI process, purchase leak locating equipment, a welder and tools to be more self-reliant. We just completed leak testing on our water distribution system and were very happy to have located only one substantial leak. We have repaired over 20 leaks and try to stop leaks as we find them.
We have done all of this without raising customer service charges and with less staff.
We appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we make policy changes to improve Garberville Sanitary District while providing quality water and customer service.
We have been working with other Districts throughout Humboldt County to find joint projects, shared resources, legal assistance and a CSDA Chapter of public Districts and Agencies, to better understand the needs we have, along with development of plans to address our needs and concerns.