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The Value of Water Airs on PBS

SONORA, CA: The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has teamed up with Huell Howser to produce a segment titled “Water: The Best Deal Around,” which showcases the value of tap water service and explains many of the factors affecting the cost of treating and delivering water today. Produced by Howser and underwritten by ACWA, the segment will air on KVIE Public Television Channel 6, Sacramento, on Tuesday, April 3rd at 7pm.

During the 30-minute segment, Howser visits the West Basin Municipal Water District (Carson, CA) and Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (Calabasas, CA) to highlight key aspects of providing reliable water and some factors driving the cost, including the rising costs of energy, treatment chemicals and the need to expand and replace facilities.
“Although this television segment focuses on two water districts in Southern California, the issues they highlight are facing all water districts throughout the state,” states Pete Kampa, Tuolumne Utilities District General Manager. “Overall, the value of tap water is real. When you compare the cost for a consumer, tap water can cost as little as a penny ($.01) for five gallons vs. purchasing a five gallon container which on average sells for $8.75. That’s quite a savings for reliable, high quality water delivered directly to your tap,” continues Kampa.

The Tuolumne Utilities District currently serves over 44,000 Tuolumne County residents. The District currently owns and operates 14 water treatment plants, 81 treated water storage tanks, two wastewater treatment plants, approximately 57 miles of open ditches, 157 miles of sewer collection pipe and 330 miles of treated water pipeline.

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