There was a myriad of variables to consider Tuesday at the Crescenta Valley Water District’s (CVWD) meeting during which its directors and engineers tried to develop a budget strategy for the 2009-2010 fiscal year and beyond.
Approximately 50 to 60 percent of the CVWD water comes from local sources including wells and the Picken’s Canyon tunnel. The rest is supplied by the Foothill Metropolitan Water District (FMWD). CVWD general manager Dennis Erdman explained that starting in September the cost of water coming from the FMWD will increase by 20 percent. There will be an additional 20 percent increase in January 2011.
Another factor that weighed heavily during the budget discussion was operating costs, specifically electricity costs. The CVWD typically spends $750,000 each year to power its pumps to get water up the foothills to customers’ homes. Power costs continue to increase, Erdman said, a fact that needs to be taken into consideration when planning the budget.