Tell Seaside To Flush Twice For Kampe

Yummy. Seaside waste and Salinas farm run off treated and served up in P.G.

Prep work has already begun on the 7-mile pipeline running from Seaside to Pacific Grove, which is designed to deliver water from the Seaside basin to Peninsula customers as a result of the recycled water project

Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Kampe called the pipeline tangible progress toward providing a new water supply, noting the collaborative efforts that helped overcome initial opposition to recycled water from Peninsula hospitality, Cal Am and even the state Public Utilities Commission. Seaside Mayor Ralph Rubio called the ceremony a historic groundbreaking and “first step toward a water supply solution” for the Peninsula.

Tell Seaside To Flush Twice For Kampe

Trenching Begins For Wastewater Delivery To P.G.

Raise a glass. And hope they don’t dig up your phone line.

Streets will be torn up — some more than once — through the heart of three Peninsula communities. The pipeline will run from Seaside’s Hilby Pumping Station over a new Monterey-Salinas Highway bridge through downtown Monterey and the Presidio of Monterey to an existing pump station and pipeline on Sinex Avenue in Pacific Grove.

Approved on Sept. 15 by the state Public Utilities Commission along with a water purchase agreement for the $85 million Pure Water Monterey groundwater replenishment project, the new infrastructure is expected to be complete and operational by the end of next year, in advance of the availability of recycled water in early 2018. It will be used to transport the new 3,500-acre-foot annual recycled water supply, along with aquifer storage and recovery water.

Trenching Begins For Wastewater Delivery To P.G.

Seaside's Wastewater Is Going To Cost You

Why the water companies are so happy with the project. It used Other People’s Money so it’s no risk to them.

Customers are going to see a change on their bills as a result of the project. In an interview earlier this month, Stedman said to expect a 15-percent increase this year to pay for the pipeline construction and water purchase.

Seaside’s Wastewater Is Going To Cost You

Water Conservation Means 15% Rate Hikes

With Cal Am, the customers lose both ways. Use too much and get a fine. Use too little and get a rate hike. And everyone wants to build more hotels, eh?

“Our customers have done such a great job at saving water,” said Catherine Stedman, Cal Am manager of external affairs. “We have fixed costs to maintain the water system, so when you’re selling less water, then that price per unit of water will need to increase.”

Cal Am said to help make up for the shortfall, its requesting a 15 percent rate increase for customers on the Monterey Peninsula.

Water Conservation Means 15% Rate Hikes

This Month's Outrageous Cal Am Bill – $6,000 For A Vacant House

Either the neighbors filled their pool or Cal Am is up to it’s old tricks.

George Gergawy said he’s heard about the large bills for other Cal-Am customers and always thought it wasn’t real, until he opened his mailbox and saw the bill for $6,067.33. And, the home was empty last month after moving out.
According to Gergawy, the past 5 years the water bills at 747 Lyndon Street have been steady, between $15 and $16 dollars.

This Month’s Outrageous Cal Am Bill – $6,000 For A Vacant House

Cal Am Bills P.G. Couple $2000 For One Month's Water

Smart Meters run amok? Cal Am denies any error, get used to it.

Parise brought in two plumbers, both from different companies to inspect his home for leaks, but they didn’t find anything. Now Parise thinks Cal Am’s new electronic meter, a meter the company recently installed this year, is to blame.

“The only thing that’s changed is this new electronic meters that they put in. I find it even hard to believe that common sense would tell you that our water usage has gone up that much and then magically it’s gone back to normal usage without us doing anything differently,” said Parise.

Cal Am Bill P.G. Couple $2000 For One Month’s Water

Water Bills Going Up Up UP

(The) . . surcharge approval comes on the heels of a 20 percent general rate increase approved by the PUC last month.

That increase covered all rates, including those paid by commercial users, which tend to be higher than than what consumers pay. The 10 percent surcharge is the consumer portion of that increase.

By time the 10 percent rate increase is reached, the average consumer’s bill will rise from the current $31 to $34 a month, said Cal Am spokeswoman Catherine Bowie.

And I used to think that gas stations and cable TV were bandits.

Water Bills Going Up Up UP