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Olympic Valley service district to discuss rate hikes, drought restrictions

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The Olympic Valley Public Service District Board of Directors will be discussing possible rate changes during their Tuesday, June 28 meeting. 

If the board approves the changes, the base rate for water usage in single family residences will increase from $1,076.77 per unit to $1,130.61 per unit. The consumption rate will also see increases in all four tiers of gallons consumed. The lowest tier will see 25 cent increases per 1,000 gallons used and the highest tier will see about $2 increases. 

Mutli-family and commercial units will also see increases, however water meter installation will remain the same. 

Sewer rates will also see rate changes. The base rate for single family units will increase from $713.58 per unit to $749.28 per unit. Mulit-family units will see a $28 increase per unit and commercial units wills see a $63 increase per unit. 

The annual garbage collection rate will be raised to $314 per single family unit from $285. 

During the meeting, the board will also be discussing implementing Stage 2 drought measures to address the emergency facing the state. Stage 2 indicates a significant water shortage, and it is determined by the board, “after consideration of available water supply, aquifer levels, annual precipitation, long range weather forecasts, or such other factors which may apply in District’s discretion. and/or any mechanical defect in operating systems,” the district code states.

Under Stage 2 restrictions, the board could restrict the filling of all swimming pools, the operation of any ornamental fountain or similar decorative water feature, unless a water recycling system is used, and the use of water for washing sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, decks, patios or other improved areas, except as required or necessitated by driveway repair or necessary maintenance, or to alleviate immediate fire, sanitation, or health hazards.

They could also limit the number of days lawns can be irrigated, as well as ban new landscaping during the Stage 2 level. 

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. at 305 Olympic Valley Road in the Community Room.

The full agenda can be viewed at https://www.ovpsd.org/board-agenda-june-2022.

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