Dear Member:

We’d like to take this opportunity to explain to you who we are, and why your relationship with us as a member of the First Mace Meadow Water Association is different from your relationship with other utility companies like PG&E.

Ownership of a parcel in our service area normally brings with it membership in our association. You are a part owner of our corporation and of all of its assets (cash, equipment, and other property), and as a member in good standing, you are eligible to serve on the association’s board of directors and to vote in elections to determine the board’s membership. You are welcome to attend any meeting of the board to make comments or suggestions regarding policy. The directors do their best to manage our corporation efficiently as a business while remaining mindful of the fact that their fellow members are also their neighbors.

We are a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation. Our mission is to provide water to our members at cost. This cost includes the price of water, which we purchase wholesale from the Amador Water Agency, as well as the cost of the maintenance of our infrastructure (tanks, pipes, pumps etc.). We also share in the costs of the Central Amador Water Project infrastructure that brings water to the storage tanks in our service area. Most of our costs are associated with the support of infrastructure rather than our metered purchases of water from AWA.

Our water charges fund a reserve--which we are legally required to keep--that allows us to deal with large expenses such as replacement of water tanks, which can cost $150,000 or more. At this time the association has no debt and makes no interest payments, which saves our members money. All of our infrastructure costs are paid in cash.

If you own a residential parcel, you pay a water service fee, which entitles you to free water, up to a limit of 1500 cubic feet (or 11,221 gallons) per two-month billing period. (This will be described on your bill as your
base rate.) If you use more than this, your bill will include a charge (described as metered) for the water you used in excess of this basic allowance.

If you own an unimproved lot without a meter, you pay a standby fee, which reserves your right to receive water from the Central Amador system, and helps us to keep our infrastructure in good working order so that water will be available to your parcel when you need it. Our association pays a fee to the Amador Water Agency for each of these standby lots.

We hope you enjoy the Mace Meadow area as much as we do. If you have any further questions about our association, please call our business office at 209-296-3121. Also, be sure to check out our website, macewater.com, which has important information and a link to allow you to pay your bill online.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors
First Mace Meadow Water Association, Inc.
August 17, 2017

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