WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER:
BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE WATER SYSTEM FOR THE FUTURE
Welcome to the City of Dixon water facts website. Here you will find information about the City of Dixon and our role as a water provider. We know there is some confusion in the community about the management of the water utility. We’ve created some materials to help explore the process of what it takes to run a water system.
Take a look at the boxes below for a bit of the history and education about issues being discussed in our community.
Water System Master Plan
While the City of Dixon has only been in the water business since 2014, we inherited a water system that is in need of a lot of repairs. When the City received its permit from the State Water Resources Control Board to operate the water system, it was recommended that the City evaluate the system and develop a Water System Master Plan and corresponding Cost of Service Study to “implement necessary water rate increases to fund the water system and pending capital expenditures”. The Water System Master Plan created the roadmap for the next several years and provided the City with a glimpse of what types of rehabilitation and replacement projects were needed for the water system.
The Water System Master Plan can be found here (scroll halfway down the page).
The water rates were not adjusted when the City of Dixon took over the water system. Since then, the Water System Master Plan has been completed and the water system has been evaluated for risk of failure. Some of the wells acquired from the Dixon-Solano Water Authority are 40 or more years old and have surpassed usable life. New wells are needed to secure adequate water supply and storage. While there is public debate about the replacement of some of the wells, engineers who specialize in risk assessment have determined the need for a Capital Improvement Program for specific wells to be replaced. As a water provider, the responsibility lies on us to maintain the integrity of the water system. We have the obligation to meet state and federal requirements. We have the obligation to run a financially stable utility.
Facts About Measure S
Dixon City Council adopted Resolution 19-198 on November 5, 2019 to place Measure S on the ballot for the November 2020 election. Measure S reads:
Shall the measure adopting an ordinance that amends the City of Dixon’s water charges to repeal those charges established on January 22, 2019 by Resolution 19-010 and replace them with the water charges collected by the City of Dixon in effect on January 1, 2019 be adopted?
A “Yes” vote on Measure S repeals existing water rates and rolls water rates back to March 31, 2019 before new rates took effect and directs the City to conduct a new rate setting process.
A “No” vote maintains the existing water rates, which became effective April 1, 2019. per adopted resolution 19-010.
FAQs & Videos
Check out a sampling of materials created to help educate our water customers about the City of Dixon’s Water Service.