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Yes, however for us to prepare an accurate project cost estimate for the grant, it is best that we confirm how many parcels want to connect to the SFWPA water system. There is no guarantee that grant funds will be available to Palermo customers who do not sign the SFWPA Letter of Interest in advance of the grant funding application process. It is recommended that Palermo customers sign the SFWPA Letter of Interest now so that your parcel can be included and listed in the grant funding application. This will ensure the highest chance of success to secure grant funds for your SFWPA water system connection costs.
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Approximately 110 Palermo parcels are already hooked up to SFWPA’s water system in Palermo receiving full water service benefits. The Palermo Clean Water Consolidation Project will provide new accounts that connect to the SFWPA water system with a safe reliable water supply. This will also address groundwater pollution issues and eliminate concerns about wells going dry during multi-year droughts.
Palermo residents can stay abreast of the Project status by reviewing the information available on the Palermo Clean Water Consolidation Project Page, and by attending periodic community Town Hall meetings to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Palermo customers interested in connecting to the SFWPA water system can provide a signed Letter of Interest to the project partners (see the Palermo Clean Water Consolidation Project Page). Participating customers will not be required to destroy their wells, however, they are encouraged to take advantage of grant funds to do so as part of the project implementation process. If at a future time the well is inactive and is required to be destroyed, these customers will be required to pay the costs to properly destroy their domestic wells out-of-pocket.
Palermo residents who do not connect to the SFWPA water system using available grant funds would be responsible for all SFWPA water system connection costs in the future including paying the SFWPA water connection fee. Estimated costs based on 2021 data and information are outlined further for your information.
For a parcel already within the SFWPA service area, the total cost for a domestic connection to the SFWPA water system would be $6,108 as follows:
The SFWPA Fee Subtotal amounts to $6,108.
For a parcel that must be annexed into the SFWPA service area, the total cost for domestic connection would be $12,108 as follows:
The Outside Agency Fees amounts to $6,000.
SFWPA Fee Subtotal plus the Outside Agency Fees amounts to $12,108.
Palermo accounts would receive the following benefits for connecting to the SFWPA water system and becoming a SFWPA water customer:
Palermo customers who are located on either side of the street along the project boundary will be provided with the opportunity to participate in the Project. It is preferred that Letters of Interest be signed by these customers in advance of project construction so that grant funds can be secured to connect those customers to the SFWPA water system.
There would be no out-of-pocket costs for signing up now with the Letter of Interest. Customers will be contacted when grant funds are available to verify their interest in hooking up to the SFWPA water system through the project before construction begins.
The majority of Palermo accounts would pay the SFWPA residential monthly water service charge for a three-quarter-inch meter plus pay $0.42 per billing unit of water used. The 2021 monthly service charge is $19.00 per month. The billing unit is one CCF (one hundred cubic foot) which is equivalent to 748 gallons of water. The current average monthly water bill for Palermo customers already connected to the SFWPA system is approximately $35 per month based on 2021 water rates and average monthly water use of 36 CCF. Future water charges will be based on SFWPA-adopted water rates and customer water usage.
SFWPA is focusing on four key strategic initiatives for 2022. These include 1) Water System Efficiency, 2) Water Supply Reliability, 3) Sustainable Infrastructure and 4) Update Utility Rate Planning. This focused effort will help the SFWPA balance infrastructure and regulatory needs in support of its Mission Statement to deliver a dependable supply of safe, quality drinking water to its current and future customers.
Please sign the Letter of Interest for connection to the SFWPA water system as soon as possible so that grant funds for connecting your account to the SFWPA water system can be included in the grant funding applications. This is not a final decision for or against participation in the project. But submitting a letter of interest now helps strengthen the funding application by showing community support for the project.