The Kenwood Press
News: 06/15/2019

Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District customers will see rates increase next year

The Sonoma County Board of Directors approved a set of rate increases last month for the eight sanitation districts and zones that provide sewer service to more than 18,000 properties throughout the county, including the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District, which serves 17,548 homes in a 4,500-acre service area between the city of Sonoma and Warm Springs Road in Glen Ellen.

Additional sanitation zones that will raise their rates in fiscal year 2019/2020 (which begins in July) are Airport-Larkfield-Wikiup, Geyserville, Penngrove, Sea Ranch, Occidental, Russian River and South Park.

The rate increases will pay for ongoing maintenance and operations and be used to fund $50 million in improvements to the sewer collection and treatment systems over the next three years. Generally, the zones’ and districts’ costs are increasing due to increased costs for salaries and employee benefits, price increases for services and supplies, and continuation of a capital replacement program, stated the report submitted to the Board of Supervisors at its May 21 meeting.

In the next year, there are sewer main projects planned for the Airport/Larkfield/Wikiup Sanitation Zone and the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District. Additional capital improvements in Sonoma Valley include seismic rehab on clarifier tanks, and Sonoma Creek bank repair. Sewer rate increases approved for the various zones and districts were between 3.5 percent and 5.5 percent. Sonoma Valley County Sanitation Districts rates will increase four percent ($41) to an annual charge of $1,057.