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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to Vista Vu Water Users Association's newsletter. Our purpose is to keep you informed about important activities and projects that your Board of Trustees is undertaking on your behalf.

2014 Fees and Assessments

At its November 24th 2014 meeting your Board of Trustees adopted Domestic and Irrigation budgets for 2015. While many of our costs have increased over 2014, we've been able to hold the line on any increase for Domestic water. In large part this is due to an increase in the life of the arsenic media achieved through chlorination and blending raw well water with treated water discussed below.

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Domestic Rates

The Debt Retirement Assessment will be unchanged at $20 per built lot and $15 per vacant lot. The Domestic Base Rate will remain at $50 per month for the first 5,000 gallons used.

Irrigation Rates

The PUD rate increases adopted in 2013 went into effect at the start of the 2014 irrigation season, resulting in a 23% increase in unit power costs. The PUD hasn't adopted a 2015 budget but their staff recommended we assume a 3% internal increase, plus whatever BPA passes through to the PUD for wholesale electricity. We have assumed a total increase of 5% for budgeting purposes. Other cost increases include contracted bookkeeping formerly done by our Treasurer, and payments into a reserve fund to cover a major pump overhaul.
To absorb these increases your Board looked at two alternatives: Wait until the pump needs overhauling and levy a special one-time assessment, or raise rates to create a reserve to cover the full cost of a pump overhaul. A special assessment would hit hard those individuals on fixed or low incomes. Consequently, the Board elected to raise our Irrigation rate. The owner of a 5.25 acre lot will see a $11.88 increase on their January Irrigation bill. This translates into an annual per acre increase from $182.86 to $210.

Arsenic Remediation

After two years chlorinating incoming water we have seen no end to the rejuvenation of the arsenic removal media. We are maintaining safe arsenic levels - below 10 parts per billion - in your drinking water while blending treated and raw well water on an approximately 50/50 basis. This strategy is further extending the life of the arsenic removal media and has resulted in considerable savings to our Domestic budget.

It is not possible to know exactly when the current media charge will require replacement, but when fresh media is in place we anticipate it will remove arsenic from 11 million gallons of raw well water. We use about 4,500 gals of domestic water per day, or 1,624,500 gals per year, of which only half is treated. Consequently, the new media could last 161 months, or 13 years and 5 months.

Annual Membership Meeting

Date: Tuesday March 3rd.

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Place: Omak Gun Club

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. This is your opportunity to become better informed about how your Association is run and to voice any concerns you may have.

This year the terms of three Trustees are up, including the President, and Secretary Treasurer. Dean Harrison has one year left to run and Ken Vanderstoep two years. At the meeting we will elect candidates to fill these positions. The Officers of the Corporation are not elected directly by the Membership; this is the Board of Trustees' responsibility.

Bob Goodwin
Secretary/Treasurer
Vista Vu Water Users Association

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For further information contact: Stu Skidmore, President; Doug Marsh, Vice President;
Bob Goodwin
, Secretary/Treasurer; Jack Crane, Trustee; or, Dean Harrison, Trustee.

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