These criteria are important for the CPUC to consider when weighing whether to consolidate rates across a water company’s service territory because supply and distribution costs for different water utilities and districts can vary significantly.It is important to ensure that all district consolidation proposals are evaluated in light of district-specific benefits to ratepayers.SCS works in cooperation with nearly 3,000 conservation districts to assist landholders in the districts.The districts, which are often conterminous with counties, are organized under state law and are directed by locally elected directors or supervisors.by Douglas Helms, Historian, Soil Conservation Service People Protecting Their Land: Proceedings Volume 1, 7th ISCO Conference Sydney, pp. Sydney, Australia: International Soil Conservation Organization, 1992.
Major demographic shifts include not only the retirement of baby boomers, but the increased turnover of highly skilled mid-career employees and the increased difficulties of recruiting, developing, and retaining younger workers.
The CPUC proposed to consider solutions such as subsidizing high-cost areas via a special fund or consolidating districts and rates across multi-district water utilities.
In 2012 CPUC held workshops to examine the types of mechanisms that might be used to advance its objective of setting rates that balance investment, conservation, and affordability.
As part of a six-month series on district operations, the Did You Know?
monthly feature in e Resource will highlight chapters of the NACD District Outlook Task Force report: “Blueprint for Locally-Led Conservation – A Strategy for District Success and Sustainability” (available here on our website).