The Pine Valley Mutual Water Company will be providing emergency assistance to Lake Morena Views Mutual Water Company. This water sale will assist this community in refilling their depleted water tanks after they recently experienced a large-scale leak, and fire department agencies pulled water from the tanks during the recent Border Fire. Water will be pumped from a hydrant located on Old Hwy 80.
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In February 2016, Mr. Trevor Brown was appointed as the new Manager of the Company. Trevor started his employment with the Company in 2006 and currently holds certifications as: Grade 2 Treatment Operator, Grade 3 Distribution Operator, and as a Cross Connection Specialist. In 2015 he also received certification in Utility Management. Trevor was appointed to this position as part of the transition plan that began in October 2014 due to the scheduled retirement of the Company’s long time manager, Flip Boerman.
As the water company indicated in early 2015, the planned sale of water to Rough Acres Water Company was cancelled due to the decision of Soitec to not pursue their solar project. In February 2016, Rough Acres also notified PVMWC of their decision to cancel the mutual aid agreement with Pine Valley due to changing water needs.
At our annual Members meeting and again at the Board Meeting on August 4th, the Company warned those present of the States utilization of Governor Brown’s drought declaration to impose laws that could require our customers to pay a tax based on your water bill or usage.
Customers within the Pine Valley Mutual Water Company’s service are now able to benefit from an improved fire insurance rating. This rating may result in lower insurance coverage rates for our customers. This rating was provided by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) which provides the information which relates to fire risks and the ability of a community to provide fire protection. The Pine Valley Mutual Water Company’s Service area has received a rating of 4. This is an improvement over the past rating of 5. The classification is based on three items. First, the fire communication system. Second, the fire department and third, in this case, the Water Company and its community wide fire protection system. The complete rating for the Pine Valley Fire Protection District was a 4/9 with the 4 being in the area’s served by Pine Valley Water and the 9 being area’s outside our water system boundaries.
It should be noted that each insurance company independently determines the premiums it charges its policy holders. The way an insurer uses ISO’s information on public fire protection may depend on several things, however, ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. Insurers use PPC information as part of their decision making when deciding what business to cover, type of coverage’s to offer and the prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance.
The Pine Valley Mutual Water Company is proud of its part in obtaining this “4” rating for it’s customers and encourages all to make sure your insurance agent is aware of this improvement so that any possible saving may be passed on to you.