by Shawn Novack
BenitoLink on Wed, 07/17/2013 – 02:10pm
HOLLISTER, CA — Approximately 30 members of the Hollister area attended an informal Open House meeting held this week at the Veterans Memorial Building to provide information about the Hollister Urban Area Water Project (HUAWP).
The two-hour informational meeting allowed community members to interact directly with staff members from the City of Hollister, Sunnyslope County Water District and San Benito County Water District, who were available to answer questions about the project. The HUAWP is a $30 million project that will improve local water quality, and allow the agencies to meet state wastewater discharge regulations.
During the Open House meeting held July 9, representatives from the three agencies discussed with members of the public the proposed water rate increases, costs and benefits of the project, and the need for the improvement program. “We want our community members and ratepayers to be informed about the project,” said Don Ridenhour, General Manager of the Sunnyslope County Water District. “The informal Open House setting allowed our customers to talk directly with the people who developed the project and get all the information they need.”
Representatives of the three local agencies collaborating on the water improvement project said the event achieved the goal of spreading the word about the project’s importance. “We hope that people who attended the meeting got the information they were looking for,” said Project Manager Harry Blohm. “We are always available to provide the details to any one who is interested. This is a project that will benefit the entire community. We want to make sure people understand it.”
The HUAWP is a joint-effort by the City of Hollister, the San Benito County Water District and the Sunnyslope County Water District that builds upon previous efforts by local water officials to create a sustainable and reliable water supply for the greater Hollister area.