Wastewater Made Clear: What’s Next After the Vote?

The time had arrived for the much-anticipated moment that will determine the future of Yucca Valley and its looming State Septic Discharge Prohibition, the results of the Assessment District (AD 2014-1) vote.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the AD 2014-1 Public Hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Hi-Desert Water District’s (HDWD) Board room, followed by the tabulation of all returned ballots. It is expected to take approximately six hours for the consulting firm of Koppel and Gruber to inspect and scan each of the ballots. The entire procedure is open for public viewing. After the tabulation is concluded, the results will be announced, and the next steps of how property owners will adhere to the State’s Septic Discharge Prohibition will be determined.

Below you will find a list of factors that are based on the outcome of whether or not the Assessment District is approved.

If approved,

  1. State Revolving Fund will be notified that the 1%, 30 year loan offer has been approved by property owners;
  2. HDWD will move the project forward by putting out an RFQ (Request for Qualifications) to identify and select a contracting firm to begin construction of the sewer system;
  3. The Regional Water Quality Control Board will be notified that AD 2014-1 has been approved and the sewer project is moving forward. An extension of the prohibition dates will be requested to accommodate the construction schedule;
  4. Phase 1 of the sewer system will be constructed and those property owners will no longer be subject to fines and penalties for violation of the Septic Prohibition.

If not approved,

  1. The State Revolving Fund will be notified that the 1% interest loan was not secured;
  2. In September of this year, the low interest offer will expire;
  3. The Regional Water Quality Control board will have no reason to extend the Prohibition date of May 19, 2016.

This is one of the most important votes affecting the future of our community, and I encourage everyone to be a part of this monumental decision. If you still have a ballot, please fill it out and return it to Hi-Desert Water District before 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 for it to be counted. To receive voting updates, please visit HDWD’s project website or visit www.facebook.com/wastewatermadeclear.

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