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AWA Consolidates Rates to Undermine Protest

The consolidation is AWA’s response to several successful protests that stopped unfair rate increases within AWA’s individual water systems. Under Proposition 218, customers have the right to protest the consolidation. If a majority protests, the consolidation will not go forward. More info...

PG&E Contract Forces AWA to Maintain Upcountry Pump System

On 12/13/12, the AWA Board voted to sign a contract with PG&E that will leave AWA no choice but to continue to rely on the current Upcountry pumping system, whether or not the Gravity Supply Line (GSL) is constructed.
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AWA Fails to Give Notice of Upcountry Property Tax

On September 24th, the AWA Board voted to notice their intent to form a Mello-Roos special tax assessment district to pay for the Gravity Supply Line (GSL). However, AWA did not give the required notice for the October 25th hearing date, and the Board did not hold the hearing as planned. More

45% Water Rate Increases at AWA Could Soon Be Reality

On July 26, 2012, the Amador Water Agency Board directed staff to send out notices informing ratepayers of five water rate increases over the next 4 years, averaging 31%. See how the rate increase affects you...

Grand Jury Blasts AWA on Gravity Supply Line

Amador County Grand Jury finds that AWA continues to make financial commitments to the Gravity Supply Line Project despite inadequate funding, ratepayer objections, and a Prop 218 defeat.

A Countywide Issue

AWA is using your rate dollars to fund other systems while they discount fees to developers. When AWA comes knocking on your door for yet another rate increase, you’ll know why.

About Prop 218

Proposition 218 allows ratepayers to protest water rate increases. If a majority of ratepayers protest an increase, the rates cannot be raised. Ratepayers do have the ultimate say in whether their rates will go up or not.
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Success Stories

Read about local ratepayers who have successfully protested rate increases.

Where's the Growth?

AWA says the upcountry will need more water to provide for future growth. But the facts show that local growth has been slow for some time now

About CAWP (Central Amador Water Project)

If you buy water from Amador Water Agency and live in one of the following communities: Sunset Heights, Jackson Pines, Pine  Grove, Pine Acres, Ranch House Estates and vicinity, Pioneer, Rabb Park, Ridgeway Pines, Silver Lake Pines, Sierra Highlands, Fairway Pines or Mace Meadows, then your water comes from the Central Amador Water Project System (CAWP).

CAWP water is pumped from the Tiger Creek Afterbay which is on the Mokelumne River. This water is pumped 1,200 feet up to the water treatment plant in Buckhorn. After treatment, the water is stored and then distributed to the above mentioned areas via the distribution piping system.

CAWP Service Area Map


How Ratepayers are Affected

If the CAWP system is not operated efficiently, costs to ratepayers will be excessive. Since 2001, CAWP rates have increased by 70%. The increase is mostly due to the cost of design, planning and construction of the Buckhorn Water Treatment Plant that was completed in 2004.

The Buckhorn Treatment Plant is designed to supply three times the capacity that is needed on the system today. Because the project was overdesigned, ratepayers are paying for a project that is three times larger than needed. Ratepayers would save over $200,000 per year if the cost of the Buckhorn Plant was split fairly between them and future customers. $200,000/year amounts to a savings of about $57 per year for each customer on the CAWP system.

CAWP Rates vs. Consumer Price Index

The Gravity Supply Line (GSL)

Despite what you may have heard, the Amador Water Agency's proposed Gravity Supply Line will not replace the existing system. The choice is not between the GSL and maintaining/upgrading the old system. The choice really is: Do we maintain/upgrade the existing system or do we maintain/upgrade the existing system AND build the GSL. That cost comparison was never presented to the Board or public. Make your elected officials justify expenses before they spend your money.

Since 2001, AWA has spent $1.4 million on studies, design and planning for the Gravity Supply Line. The project would supply 3 times as much water to the Treatment Plant in Buckhorn via gravity flow through a pipeline from Tiger Creek Regulator Reservoir. The cost is estimated at $13,900,000 and AWA must meet certain conditions to receive a $5,000,000 grant to help with the cost.

The annual cost of pumping water in the existing system is $250,000. If the GSL is put into service, the pumping cost is expected to be reduced to nearly zero. However, the cost will be replaced by the mortgage ($425,000) and lost power charges from PGE ($100,000). The net effect is a net increase in costs to CAWP customers and a $79 annual rate increase will be needed to make up the difference.

If the annual costs of the Buckhorn Plant and the GSL were shared fairly between ratepayers and future customers CAWP rates could be reduced by about $60 per year. Unfortunately, the most recent financial plans show ratepayers footing the bill for both projects and CAWP ratepayers will pay $136 per year more than their fair share if the GSL is built.

Read how CAWP ratepayers successfully protested the last AWA rate increase...

Read about the Grand Jury's harsh findings on AWA's handling of the GSL