Declining Water Use May Force Higher Rates, More Fixed Fees

Water is a commodity held captive to the laws of supply and demand. High rains mean less water usage, which means fewer sales and higher prices. Also additional fixed fees.

In 1989, when the current Valley Center Municipal Water District (VCMWD) Gen. Mgr., Gary Arant, came to work in VC, 93% of the district’s 55,000 acre feet sales was for agriculture. This year, due to two years of extremely wet winters, the water district is looking at selling about 12,000 AF, with 55% for ag.