Upper District’s Board of Directors maintains an open and fiscally prudent approach in managing the agency’s annual budget. Our conservative approach, new water supply initiatives, and fiscal controls have enabled us to avoid significant operating budget deficits.
Our goal has been to secure the least expensive sources of water with an eye to long-term trends. Those trends indicate increasingly expensive water from the Metropolitan Water District which imports water into Southern California from Northern California and the Colorado River.
Upper District offsets increasingly expensive imported water supplies with recycled water. We also were early trend setters in watershed management to keep our storm water viable for capture and storage in groundwater aquifers as well as investing aggressively in water conservation. We have limited the impact of more expensive water by holding operational costs down and timely investments in a rate stabilization fund.