May 14, 2015, the San Diego County Water Authority Board approved a supply allocation for customers paying the Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate (TSAWR). These customers are most of Escondido’s commercial growers with more than 1 acre of agriculturally productive land (about 180 accounts). The allocation for TSAWR supply to Escondido for FY 2016 is 2,750 acre-feet. This allocation is 15% less than the deliveries during the baseline year (FY 2014).
At the end of FY 2016, the following penalties will be applied (per the SDCWA ordinance approved yesterday):
For deliveries between 100% and 115% of the allocation (2,750 acre-feet to 3,163 acre-feet), the penalty is $1,480 per acre-foot or $4.54 per 1,000 gallons.
For deliveries over 115% of the allocation (more than 3,163 acre-feet), the penalty is $2,960 per acre-foot or $9.08 per 1,000 gallons.
These are significant potential penalties, especially when compared to the rate Escondido Customers now pay for water ($1,079 per acre-foot or $3.31 per 1,000 gallons).
Link to San Diego County Water Authority Minutes of Special Board Meeting:Meeting Mintues