EVMWD Further Postpones Rate Increase to April 1 by Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District Nov 25, 2020 Member Submitted News To assist customers financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (EVMWD) will further delay the pending rate increase from January 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021. EVMWD recognizes that the ongoing pandemic and resulting restrictions on business have negatively affected customers within the District’s boundaries. With reduced economic activity and increased unemployment statewide, many families are struggling to make ends meet. “We know this is an incredibly difficult time for our community and our state. At EVMWD, we are committed to helping local residents financially by delaying this rate increase and using every possible means to reduce costs at the District. Providing affordable, reliable water 24/7 is our highest priority now and always,” said Andy Morris, president of EVMWD’s board of directors. After careful consideration, the EVMWD Board of Directors voted 5-0 on Tuesday, November 24 to further delay the scheduled rate increase. The previously approved increase was intended to cover the rising costs of imported water, energy, treatment, preventative maintenance, and capital improvement projects. The decreased revenue resulting from the rate increase deferral will be offset by a combination of reduced operating expenditures and use of existing reserve balances. Though the rate increase has been deferred and shutoffs are temporarily suspended, the District is still billing for water service. Special payment arrangements and financial assistance, including the Rate Assistance for Residents of Elsinore Valley (RARE) program, are available to help individuals who are facing financial hardship. Customer Service representatives can be reached at (951) 674-3146 to discuss assistance plans. #### EVMWD provides service to more than 155,000 water and wastewater customers in a 97-square-mile area in Western Riverside County. The District is a sub-agency of the Western Municipal Water District and a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the EVMWD at www.evmwd.com for additional information.