Rate Extension Helps Farmers, Urban Users

Special Rate Program
Helps Farmers, Urban Users

In April, the Water Authority Board approved extending the Transitional Special Agricultural Water Rate Program for two years, to Jan 1., 2015.

Growers and farmers who participate in the program receive a lower level of water service during water shortages or emergencies. In exchange, they are exempt from paying storage and other charges from the Water Authority that help fund programs that provide greater water supply reliability during shortages or emergencies.

The move helps farmers and urban water users. The agricultural community, an important component of the region’s economy, receives two more years to adapt to rising water costs and establish policies and programs to help sustain regional agricultural operations. Residential and commercial water users benefit from agricultural customers agreeing to take greater cutbacks if water shortage conditions return to the San Diego region in 2013 or 2014.