Nuevo Water Company (NWC) was formed as a Mutual Non-Profit Corporation in 1913 to provide water to farms and homes in the Nuevo and Lakeview area and is owned by you, our Shareholders. Over the last 109 years the Company has evolved from being predominantly an irrigation water system, to becoming a community water supply system. NWC now serves water to more than 1900 homes and businesses in the valley and delivers it through more than 46 miles of pipeline.
Not all homes in the valley receive their water from NWC; some are supplied by EMWD or have their own private wells. Generally defined, the NWC service area is bounded by the San Jacinto River on the West, the Ramona Expressway to the North, Hansen Avenue to the East and San Jacinto Road to the South.
Last year NWC produced more than 542-acre feet of water which is the equivalent to 177 million gallons. For blending purposes, we purchased just less than 579-acre feet of water from EWMD or 189 million gallons; supplying 1121-acre feet of water to our customers. In order to meet water quality standards and keep water rates as low as possible, NWC blends local groundwater with imported water purchased from EMWD (as outlined above). It is essential that we continue to maximize the use of groundwater as it is much more cost effective to produce than purchasing imported water.
Our current rate structure which was implemented in October of 2021 helps fund our capital improvement projects and aligns our costs with revenue. Prior to this, water rates had not been adjusted since 2017. The monthly service charge is based on the size and capacity of your water meter. The tiered structure recovers costs associated with producing and purchasing water as well as promoting conservation. These rates were determined through a no cost study conducted by Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) under a funding agreement with California State Water Resources Control Board.