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EPA Regulations Costs Rise, Public Forum on May 1

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As written previously, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing new, far more stringent, water quality standards for Malibu Creek and Lagoon. This proposal directly impacts all customers of Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, as well as Triunfo Sanitation District.

The water district originally projected that the new standards will cost $160 million, but with updated information, the estimate is now $307 million in capital costs -- as projected by MWH Global (waste water treatment engineers). In addition, there will be regular operating cost increases.

To put this into easier to understand terms for Westlake Revelations readers, LVMWD originally projected water district customer would need to pay $4200. With an updated understanding of the proposed standards, that estimate has now risen to $8050 per customer, or $78 per water bill for the next 30 years.

The EPA is now organizing "EPA Malibu Creek Workshop" now set for Wednesday, May 1 at 6:30 pm, at Agoura Hills City Hall.

Anyone attending is encouraged to voice opinions, or better yet, ask questions of the water district and the EPA. It affects JPA/LVMWD/Triunfo customers in the cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Westlake Village, portions of Thousand Oaks, Oak Park, North Ranch and surrounding unincorporated areas of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.