TUD may slap customers with surcharge

By Alex MacLean / The Union Democrat

Public meeting:Tuolumne Utilities District, 2 p.m., Tuesday, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.

Tuolumne Utilities District customers are conserving so much water this year that the district may need to offset the loss in revenue by selling some of its supply back to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for use in hydroelectric power generation.

The district is expected to lose roughly $1 million in revenue through January 2015 due to the drop in water sales from TUD customers who have been complying with the district's calls for conservation during the current drought.

Possible ways to make up the difference could include selling water back to PG&E and a $3 to $4 monthly surcharge on residential customers over the next six months, according to meeting documents.

District General Manager Tom Scesa is scheduled to discuss the district's options with TUD board members at Tuesday's meeting, though any formal decisions will have to be made at a later date.

Most of the district's water supply is provided by PG&E under a long-term contract. The water is stored in Pinecrest and Lyons reservoirs, which are both part of PG&E's Spring Gap Hydroelectric Project on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River.

Early concerns from unprecedented drought conditions over winter prompted the TUD board to adopt a 50 percent water usage reduction goal in late January.

For the complete story, see the Aug. 11 edition of The Union Democrat.

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