Over the last five years (from 2012-2016), MWD’s cumulative annual budgets totaled approximately $8 billion. During this same period, MWD collected $847 million more than this amount. MWD says this “over collection” had no impact on rates. Yet water rates have risen from $775 an acre/foot in 2012 to $950 in 2016 and will be […]
Water Authority Leadership Starts Dialogue on MWD Issues
The San Diego County Water Authority has been raising questions for years about questionable overcharging and overspending practices at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – decisions that often occur with little board discussion or public oversight.
Drawing on their experience as elected officials, the Water Authority’s Board officers have concluded that many public officials in Southern California don’t know what is going on at MWD or how MWD’s decisions impact rates and property taxes.
To shine a light on MWD’s practices and to hold them accountable, the Water Authority’s Board officers have started a regional dialogue with their counterparts across Southern California through regular letters on key issues. These letters are intended to increase transparency and foster discussions that lead to real and meaningful changes at MWD.
By MWD’s own numbers, it collected nearly $850 million more from its member agencies between 2012 and 2015 than needed to pay for 100 percent of its actual costs for budgeted items during that period. MWD used about $450 million of this money to pay for conservation and turf replacement subsidies – one of the […]
MWD hastily launched a turf removal program that spent $239 million to conserve 8,000 acre-feet of water – that works out to $30,000 an acre-foot. MWD’s own internal audit found mismanagement, poor planning and inadequate oversight of the program. MWD’s reckless spending has contributed to historic water rate increases over the past decade. Since 2006, […]