Crestview Mutual Water Company
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Well #7 Project
Why does Crestview need to build Well #7?
Crestview currently lacks water capacity to meet peak demands at its Well #6. Water quality from Well #5 is too poor for use except in the most critical emergencies. Well #4, drilled in 1985, which has historically produced approximately 60% of our local water supply, has decreased to approximately 20% due to decreasing groundwater levels. Experts believe Well #4 will go “dry” this summer.
Anticipating the need for a new safe, secure, dependable, affordable and lifesaving water source, Crestview began planning for Well #7 in 2015. This was done to ensure shareholders could count on an adequate water supply to meet demands, as well as provide critical fire support, prevention and suppression in the event of devastating fires which were experienced with the Thomas and Woolsey fires. The addition of Well #7 will provide Crestview shareholders with a dependable supply of water which will sustain shareholders in drought years and during heavy use seasons.
Will our water rates go up if Well #7 is not built?
Without the addition of Well #7, Crestview Water may experience a 200% increase in water costs, as State water will need to be purchased, which will be reflected in shareholder water bills. Crestview shareholders currently enjoy some of the most competitive water rates in the region. Completion of Well #7 will assure that water rates for Crestview shareholders remain low, without the need to purchase State water.
What does fire prevention, protection and suppression have to do with this well project?
In the wake of the devasting Thomas and Woolsey fires, it is imperative that life-sustaining water supplies are constantly available to protect life and property in and around Crestview Mutual Water Company’s service area. Well #7 will provide Crestview shareholders with a reliable and secure water supply to fight fires should an emergency arise. Homes in the Crestview service area will be in imminent danger should wildfires break out, and the ability to fight fires will be impacted due to limited water pressure.
What is a PSPS and what does it have to do with Crestview building Well #7?
For public safety, it may be necessary for Southern California Edison to turn off electricity when gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, are forecasted. This is called a “Public Safety Power Shutoff” or “PSPS.”
With the advent of Pubic Power Shut Off (PSPS) events, there is a great need for Crestview to have an emergency natural gas-powered electricity generator in case of loss of Edison power. Well #7 will accommodate back up power for all of Crestview, as there is already a natural gas pipeline located on site that will provide fuel.
Last October, Crestview Mutual Water Company experienced three separate Public Safety Power Shut off (PSPS) events that resulted in 102 hours of total power outage. These events will become more critical as a result of the delays associated with the construction of Well #7, due to lack of emergency generators at Crestview’s existing production facilities.