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  • Bakersfield Community Events

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    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (Today)

    7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Retirees Pickup

    3:30 PM
    City Council Meeting

    5:15 PM
    City Council Meeting

    Thursday, September 21, 2017

    5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
    Cancelled - Planning Commission Meeting

    Friday, September 22, 2017

    2:00 PM  -  10:00 PM
    Vanguard Bible Church Community Outreach @ Dr. MLK, Jr. Park

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    7:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash 5k

    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Community Garden

    Monday, September 25, 2017

    12:00 PM
    Budget & Finance Committee

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    6:00 AM  -  7:30 AM
    Police Trainee Information Sessions

    7:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Retirees Pickup

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Canceled - Metropolitan Bakersfield HCP Implementation Trust Group Meeting

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Coffee with a Cop for National Coffee Day

    10:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Coffee with a Cop for National Coffee Day

    2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Coffee with a Cop for National Coffee Day

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    8:00 AM  -  11:00 AM
    Community Garden

    8:00 AM  -  2:00 PM
    Kern Behavioral Health Community Outreach

    Monday, October 2, 2017

    4:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Youth Commission

    Tuesday, October 3, 2017

    9:00 AM  -  2:00 PM
    SJCH Children's Mobile Immunization Clinic

    11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
    Lace'n it Up @ Yokuts Park

    TCP UPDATE

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    Overview

    In July 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board adopted new standards that set a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for the synthetic organic chemical 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) allowed within domestic water systems. TCP is a chemical compound that was used in pesticides in the 1970s and 1980s and has been found in groundwater in California.

    Although this decision may impact multiple domestic water providers providing services within the City of Bakersfield, the information contained on this page pertains specifically to the City's domestic water system. If you do not know the water service provider for your home or business, you can use the Water Service Area Map tool to identify your water provider.

    Next Steps

    This decision requires the City to take certain actions over the next several months to meet these new regulations within the City’s domestic water system. The City must comply with these regulations beginning in early 2018. To come into compliance, the City must install treatment infrastructure at all impacted City-owned wells. The estimated cost to install the required equipment is $55 million. Ongoing litigation against the parties responsible for the TCP contamination will attempt to recover these costs, but the outcome of the litigation is unknown at this time. Therefore, the City must begin the process of implementing the required treatment facilities in the interim period.

    While the City’s water enterprise fund has a modest fund balance that has allowed staff to acquire items with longer lead times, the City will need to finance the remainder of the project.

    This borrowing will require a substantial user rate increase to fund the TCP treatment costs and cover the new debt service payments. In addition to the one-time capital TCP costs, the operation and maintenance will also increase due to the new State mandate. Water rates for users within the City’s domestic water system area will increase to cover the additional operating costs.

    Water Rate Impacts

    The City contracted with a special water rate consultant Stantec to conduct a rate study and determine the necessary rate increases to comply with the new State mandates to cover both the TCP treatment costs and meet the new debt service coverage ratios required to obtain a favorable bond rating. The rate consultant determined that domestic water rates need to rise by approximately 41 percent by July 2019 to fund the necessary components to comply with the new State requirements.

    Stantec Rate Study Report

    Based on the consultant’s analysis, City staff recommended and the City Council approved taking the necessary steps to implement the following rate increases over a three year period to pay for the new State-mandated TCP treatment:

    • October 2017: 16 percent
    • July 2018: 13 percent
    • July 2019: 7.6 percent
    • Current average monthly bill: $36.20
    • Estimated monthly average as of October 2017: $41.98
    • Estimated monthly average as of July 2018: $47.39
    • Estimated monthly average as of July 2019: $50.89  

    Individual customer water rates will vary based on actual usage. 

    Additional Information