LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It's Time to Fire Rancho Water District

"It's time to fire Rancho Water District and assign EMWD as the new manager of the Santa Rosa Facility."

Friends & Neighbors,  

It's time to fire the Rancho Water District from maintaining and operating the Santa Rosa Sewage Disposal Plant.

Background: EVMWD and WMWD are under contract to use the Rancho operated Santa Rosa Facility. Rancho doesn't operate their disposal plant as efficiently as does EMWD. 

Because of this Rancho, EVMWD and WMWD ratepayers pay 50 percent or more for their monthly sewer charges.  

EMWD operates and maintains the Temecula Valley Regional Water Reclamation Facility and services various sections of Murrieta, Murrieta Hot Springs and Temecula.  

Across the entire of Riverside County, EMWD appears to supply the most cost efficient operation and maintenance of sewer systems.  

All of the infrastructure for both water and sewers is owned by the taxpayers of the State of California. The taxpayers through their legislators have created multiple organizations to manage and operate the water and sewer infrastructure. 

Rancho Water District is obviously not managing our sewer system as efficiently as EMWD.   

It's time to fire Rancho Water District and assign EMWD as the new manager of the Santa Rosa Facility. This will correct most of the rate discrepancies  currently existing here in the Temecula Valley.    

Douglas Vander Heide

23791 Via Barletta

Murrieta, CA 92562


Elizabeth September 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Could not agree more! THANKS FOR SPEAKING OUT!
Team Mom September 15, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Time to make adjustments on the tiered rate system that causes hot days that evaporate pool water to be exorbitantly expensive. A $600 water bill for a single parent in a small household of three is robbery. Totally wrong. I have a pool. Wish I didn't, but I'm underwater in other ways too. This "conservation" rate system is killing me.
Robert Cochran September 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Sure would like to know the total payments that are made to Directors of each water district. We have been ripped off for years by the cost of water and sewer with no relief in sight.
Douglas VanderHeide September 15, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Rancho & EVMWD customers pay over $60 for sewers even when you use no water. WMWD customers pay about $57 when using no water. EMWD customers pay about $30-$32 when using no water.
Marilyn Hahn September 15, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Mr. VanderHeide: Thank you for your succinct article. I know you have spent many hours over a period of months researching the water rate problem. When are the districts going to wake up and figure out a way to fairly and honestly charge their customers for this necessary commodity? We need answers.................and a fair and equitable sewer charge! Thanks for speaking up!! Marilyn Hahn, Murrieta, CA
Stephen Wagstaff September 16, 2012 at 06:27 AM
Great work Doug. Maybe we can bring enough pressure on them to bring about a serious review and hopefully, some changes. Steve Wagstaff Murrieta, CA
BAJ September 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
The out-of-wack water system in these parts is reprehensible. So are the politicians who do nothing about it. We have elections coming up - time to make our dissatisfaction known with the powers that be.
Judy Hicks September 16, 2012 at 08:05 PM
I agree about the system being out of whack. Too many fingers in the pie each wanting some of our hard earned money. When we lived in Maryland 4 years ago our entire water bill for 2 months including sewer costs from the Washington DC Metropolitan Water District ran between $75 and $100.
Jo Ann September 17, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Here's a Math exercise. Take your latest water/sewer bill from Rancho, EVMWD or WMWD and recalculate the bill assuming you used no water. We're paying more than EMWD customers.
Mary Ann McDonald September 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Mary Ann Our bill from Elsinore Valley for sewage services has averaged a whopping $71 per month> Vander Heide is right! Rancho is not operating Santa Rosa sewage system in a cost effective manner. It's time to replace them with EMWD. We deserve to pay the same rates as other water customers in the Temecula Valley.
Alfred Theurich September 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I agree with Vander Heide: A 50% differential in my water bill becasue of an inflated sewer charge is outrageous. It's particularly grating when their fee is not related to usage. Let's sign up with another water company with reasonable rates. Al Theurich
Greg Meeks September 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Time to WAKE UP the bureaucrats at these water districts who are living off the dysfunctional system of duplicate bureaucracys; which siphon precious dollars to cover bloated retirement plans. Let's get our HOA to act as a force for change! Greg Meeks Greg Meeks
Linda Loughner September 18, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Excessive sewer and water charges need to stop! What does it take for our elected officials to take action for immediate resolution? My water usage charge plus fees and taxes every month does not come close to the amount that I am paying for sewer charges. Someone is making a lot of money off of customers! Linda Loughner
Nancy McKenzie September 18, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I agree with Mr. Vanderheide and with all the previous comments. We have too many water companies! We need to eliminate Rancho and lower our water/sewer bills. Nancy McKenzie
Joe Hendershott September 20, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I am a native southern Californian and in my 87 years I.ve never experienced sewer charges as high as those from EVMWD. They obviously charge a flat rate of $1.40 per day which equates to about 65% of my total water bill. Operators of the other sewage disposal plant in our area are charging about 60% less according to figures I've received recently. This seems somewhat outrageous. Obviously our Local politicans are not protecing their constituants or communicating the reasons for such a difference in sewer charges. Joe Hendershott, Colony resident
Sylvia Sexton September 23, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Mr. Vander Heide has put many hours into this problem as many Colony residents know and appreciate. EVMWD has over charged us for years! What is it going to take to make them accountable? Sylvia Sexton/Hildreth Barrett
Shawn Michael Bennett August 07, 2013 at 11:05 PM


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