Natural gas will soon be used to power the pump that delivers water to Ramona from the Poway pump station.
No longer will Ramona residents be at the mercy of SDGE electric outages that close Ramona whenever there is a wildfire.
This $2 million project comes at NO expense to the ratepayers, and natural gas pumps cost less to operate.
Water rates which include recent SDGE electric rate hikes will benefit from the dependable and less expensive natural gas.
Imagine, water to fight fires and keep Ramona open that is not dependant on electricity and its recent outages and rate hikes.
This concept of an alternate and dependable energy source was tops on my list of priorities when I ran for the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors and now all Ramona divisions will benefit from this new source of cheap dependable power.
All things equal, water rates should go down once the new system is fully operational, but, most important, Ramona will have the water it depends on.
Joe Zenovic, Division 4 Director
Ramona Municipal Water District Board
Source: Gas/Electric Rate Study