AGENCY RELEASES DETAILS OF OPERATING BUDGET

Water System Upgrades and Security Are Priorities for 2018-2019

Rowland Heights, CA (June 20, 2018) – At the last regular board meeting on June 12, the Rowland Water District Board of Directors unanimously adopted its 2018-2019 budget, which will allocate funds for increased security and upgrades to the District’s water system. At $23.3 million dollars, this year’s budget calls for only a slight increase of $1.5 million as compared to fiscal year 2017-2018.

“Our new budget is not only fiscally responsible, but it will also allow us to continually provide affordable rates for our customers while managing our own increasing water costs as efficiently as possible,” explains Tom Coleman, Rowland Water District General Manager.

Budgeted priorities this year include system upgrades to the District’s water distribution system, which involves water mainline replacement, large meter and valve replacements, updates for operations systems, including security for remote sites, installation of new water quality stations and the purchase of improved field equipment and new vehicles. In addition to this year’s new and ongoing expenditures, Rowland Water is continually planning for potential drought events and future water usage demands, while educating customers about important water conservation issues and legislation affecting California.

“The ability to maintain that personal connection to our customers is one of our greatest strengths, and as we have done for the past 65 years, Rowland will continue to safeguard precious resources and maintain facilities,” adds Coleman. “We will also continue to pursue additional water supply sources to decrease our reliance on more expensive imported supplies, and are always operating with an eye towards greater efficiency for the future. Every penny we spend is a reflection of that commitment.”

The District’s 2018-2019 budget can be viewed online at www.rowlandwater.com

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About Rowland Water District

Rowland Water District was formed more than 65 years ago to provide water service to 200 ranchers and farmers in a rural, agricultural community. Over the years, the District has evolved to meet the changing needs of a dynamic and rapidly growing customer base. Rowland Water currently delivers 14 million gallons of safe drinking water to about 58,000 people every day. The District maintains 150 miles of potable water pipeline and 25 miles of recycled water pipeline to serve 13,500 customer connections across 17.2 square miles in southeast Los Angeles County, including portions of Rowland Heights, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, and the cities of Industry and West Covina.

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