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SLV Water District Board Approves Rate Increase

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors voted 4-1 to approve a proposed rate increase. The vote was taken at the District’s regular board meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2024. New rates will take effect on March 1, 2024.

In a statement, the District said, “The additional revenue will help address impacts from the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, COVID, the destructive storms of winter 2022/2023, and increased costs to provide service for customers. The rate increases are the result of a rate study process that began in March 2023 and included eight public meetings. A Proposition 218 notice was sent to customers in late December. Per Proposition 218, property owners and customers were allowed to file written protests about the proposed rate increase.”

Less than 1400 ratepayers protested the increase – well short of the approximately 4000 required.

Read more about how the Proposition 218 process works at

Additional Background

The newly enacted rate increase will be spread over 5 years. The specific increase will depend on meter size, the amount of water used, and whether the customer is residential or industrial.

For more information about the rate changes, including FAQs, financial plans, and visual presentations, visit:

About the San Lorenzo Valley Water District

The San Lorenzo Valley Water District serves over 7,900 metered connections. The District supplies water to the communities of Felton, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Ben Lomond, Zayante, Quail Hollow, and Scotts Valley communities Whispering Pines, and Manana Woods. For more information, visit

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