Water Agency Saves Ratepayers Millions

Water Agency Saves Ratepayers Millions

In recent years, the Amador Water Agency has successfully completed numerous projects and implemented programs that improve service and save our ratepayers millions of dollars. Examples of cost saving projects include:

  • The Gravity Supply Pipeline project (pictured) is now saving the Agency about $250,000 annually in energy costs formerly spent on pumping water uphill
  • The Ione Water Treatment Plant Backwash Recycling Facility is reducing wastewater disposal costs by about $100,000 annually
  • Grants totally more than $7.5 million are resulting in water system improvements to save water, improve water system pressure and flow, reduce leakage, improve water quality, and enhance fire-fighting capabilities at no cost to our ratepayers
  • A hydroelectric generator at the Tanner Water Treatment Plant is providing net energy benefits of more than $85,000 annually; a second hydroelectric generation facility is planned for the reservoir serving the Ione Water Treatment Plant and will provide net energy benefits exceeding $110,000 annually when it is complete in a couple of years
  • Outsourcing of billing and collection functions and automating meter reading is reducing administrative costs
  • A new vehicle lease program is saving the Agency costs for maintaining and replacing aging vehicles and equipment.

Water Agency staff work tirelessly every day to help ensure uninterrupted, high-quality water service at affordable rates.

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