Freestone Water District
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The Freestone Water District serves the community of Freestone, which is located on Bohemian Highway at Bodega Highway, about 4 miles West of Sebastopol. For information about water service in this area, please contact the Sonoma County Department of Transportation & Public Works.
Water System Detail Map
Use the link below to download a detailed map of the Freestone water system, showing the treatment plant, storage tanks, hydrants, and water lines
This Water District is funded with revenue from usage and service charges.
- Five Year Maintenance Summary (Attached) 5-27-16
- Presentation: Water Rate Study (Attached) 5-27-16
- Presentation: Water Rate Study Results (Attached) 5-27-16
- Existing and Proposed Tiered Rates (Attached) 5-27-16
- Freestone Proposed Rates (Attached) 6-14-16
- Freestone Rate Alternative (Attached) 6-15-16
- Water Districts Capital Improvement Plan (Attached) 6-14-16
- Customer Consumer Report, Freestone (Attached) 8-4-16
- Freestone Budget History (Attached) 5-4-20
- Freestone 3rd Quarter Financial Report Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (Attached) 5-4-20
- Prop 218 Freestone (Attached) 11-2-21
Frequently Asked Questions
How much did the previous 218 process that was voted down cost our district?
Answer: Estimated costs were $4,000 for staff time. Unfortunately, the Department does not track Prop 218 administration time separately from any other administration services. That Prop 218 process was at the end of FY 13-14, and the total administration costs were $8,856 for that fiscal year.
How much has been billed to our district to prepare the current 218 process for rate increase?
Answer: Less than typical prior years because the Deputy Director and the Operations Manager are not being charged to the district whereas the last Prop 218 process included the Department’s Engineer administration time on the project. As mentioned above the Department does not track Prop 218 administration time separately. So far this fiscal year, administration costs are approximately $16,000 through today.
How much was billed to us for the consultant who prepared the numbers presented at the meeting you attended in Freestone?
Answer: The cost of the NBS agreement has been covered by a one-time general fund contribution to the Special Projects Water Fund.
Would it be possible to combine the rate increase and the filter replacement with one 218 agreement?
Answer: Yes. It would be preferable to have both items addressed with this Prop 218 hearing/process.
How long will it take to get the new filter plant on line?
Answer: We estimate six to seven weeks between ordering the equipment and installation.
Would it be accelerated if we financed it with a temporary loan as we did with the lid replacement?
Can we move forward with the well enhancement project without a 218 process?
Answer: Yes. We expect to complete the well inspection and possible rehabilitation work by the end of June 2016. Both wells will be addressed and the County is funding this project.
If the Webley water offer turns out to be a viable source how much is he asking to be paid for the water?
Answer: The cost has been briefly discussed and it will be very minimal or perhaps a trade off as we negotiate with Mr. Webley. No decision will be made without consulting with the residents first.