The BDCP is affordable for Los Angeles ratepayers, says the City’s Ratepayer Advocate

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is affordable to almost all Los Angeles households under a wide array of cost and water demand scenarios, concludes the city’s Office of Public Accountability in a report to Councilmember Felipe Fuentes.

The report, prepared by Ratepayer Advocate Frederick Pickel and Utility Rate and Policy Specialist Grant Hoag, determined the cost to City households to be anywhere from $1.00 to $6.08 per month, with $2.13 being most likely.  This amount includes the bond costs for ecosystem restoration, the report notes.

The report does not attempt to place a value on the benefits of restoring the Delta’s ecosystem, nor the cost effectiveness of the BDCP as opposed to other alternative actions.  The report uses a “cost follows the water” concept and does not evaluate the notion that costs be allocated based on the benefits of increased supply reliability; urban customers would presumably pay more under such a scenario.

The report notes that selective DWP and City policies can minimize these costs, such as maximizing projects that increase local supplies to reduce reliance on imported water, minimizing the size of water bond programs that do not directly benefit the City or SWP operations, or using a lower-cost BDCP alternative to the tunnels.

Read the report here:  OPA BDCP Report

2 Responses

  1. Jerry Cadagan

    It’s fascinating and also laughable that anyone can determine that BDCP is “affordable” for the average Southern California resident or business when you consider that — 1. last we heard the engineering design was at about 10%; 2,there is no agreement between the major beneficiaries of the Tunnels (Westlands, Kern Water, MET and Santa Clara Water) who pays what percentage; 3.none of the beneficiaries have yet made a legal commitment of a single dime (what happens if Westlands and Kern) pull out?); 4.the 6 page, double spaced report here doesn’t make any attempt to compare BDCP costs to costs of such things as additional recycling, groundwater remediation and development projects, or even desal.

    This report smacks of desperation on someone’s part.


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