Water surcharges (September 3, 2015)

Gail Crestin-Bickers’ suggestion for a moratorium on new building until we’ve at least assured sufficient water for current residences has a lot of merit (Water, water, nowhere, Daily Press, September 3, 2015). She errs, however, in stating that the drought surcharges paid by those using excessive amounts of water benefit Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company.

The drought surcharges are mandated by the State (Jerry Brown), not Ranchos. Ranchos is not getting any additional revenues from the drought surcharges. All the money from those surcharges is being tracked and will either eliminate future surcharges or, if any money is left over, be refunded to customers.

Greg Raven, Apple Valley, CA

Published: Daily Press, September 14, 2015