Current Water Rates and Fees

Your Water Bill 

 

What does my water bill pay for?

The District provides water to the community through more than 14,400 service connections and relies solely on revenue generated from water bills. The District does not receive any income from taxes. Water rates provide the District sufficient revenue to provide a safe and reliable supply of water, maintain and improve infrastructure, encourage ongoing conservation and develop supplemental water supplies to restore the groundwater basin and prevent seawater intrusion.

 

How is my monthly water bill calculated?

Your water bill is made up of two types of charges: a monthly fixed service charge and a water quantity charge. Some customers also pay a private fire service charge. Customers are categorized into the following rate classifications: Single-family Residential, Multi-family Residential, Commercial, and Irrigation/Outdoor. Ninety percent of the District’s customers are residential.

Service Charge

Monthly service charges cover the fixed cost of providing a safe and reliable supply of water, irrelevant of how much is used. Customers with larger meters have the potential to consume more water. The entire water system has to be sized to meet this potential demand, which results in a higher cost of service for larger meters. Service charges also vary because of differences in peak demand by different types of customers. 

Single-family Residential Monthly Service Charge (1-2 residences)

Meter Size 2017 Rate (effective January 1, 2017.)
5/8" Restricted $14.71
5/8" $29.42
3/4" $29.42
1" $29.42
1.5" $29.42

Multi-family Residential Monthly Service Charge (3 or more residences)

  Meter Size   2017 Rate (effective January 1, 2017.)
  5/8" Restricted   $9.94
  5/8   $19.89
  3/4"   $29.83
  1"   $49.72
  1.5"   $89.49
  2"   $174.01
  3"   $328.13
  4"   $437.51
  6"   $1,193.20
  8"   $1,590.94

Commercial Monthly Service Charge

Meter Size 2017 Rate (effective January 1, 2017.)
5/8" Restricted $16.94
5/8" $33.88
3/4" $50.81
1" $84.69
1.5" $152.44
2" $296.41
3" $558.94
4" $745.25
6" $2,032.51
8" $2,710.02

Fire Service Monthly Service Charge

These monthly charges fund fire protection in the District.  They help cover the cost of fire hydrant maintenance and pump upgrades, water mains, and a portion of the associated facility maintenance costs.

Meter Size 2017 Rate (effective January 1, 2017.)
1.5"  $9.51
2" $16.91
3" $36.98
4" $66.57
6" $147.92
8" $253.58

Irrigation/Outdoor Use Monthly Service Charge

Meter Size 2017 Rate (effective January 1, 2017.)
5/8" Restricted $26.87
5/8" $53.75
3/4" $80.62
1" $134.37
1.5" $241.86
2" $470.29
3" $886.83
4" $1,182.44
6" $3,224.85
8" $4,299.80

 

Water Quantity Charges

Water quantity charges are billed for units of water used during the 30-day billing cycle. One unit of water is equal to 748 gallons. Residential customers have a 4-tier rate structure. Tier 1 covers basic operational costs. Tiers 2, 3, and 4 cover the increased costs of providing water during a supply shortage such as conservation and developing additional water sources.

Emergency Rates

During water shortages, the District raises rates to maintain operating revenue during the period of decreased water usage. The District is currently under a Stage 3 Water Shortage Emergency, and Stage 3 Rates were enacted effective June 1, 2015 and are currently still in effect. 

Single-family Residential Water Use Charge (Including Stage 3 Emergency rates. For 1-2 residences)

Tier Units Rate per unit of water used (effective January 1, 2017)
Tier 1 1-3 Units $6.16
Tier 2 4-7 Units $8.14
Tier 3 8-13 Units $18.76
Tier 4 13+ Units $39.30

Multi-Family Residential Water Use Charge (Including Stage 3 Emergency Rates. For 3 or more residences)

Tiers Units per Dwelling Rate per unit of water used (effective January 1, 2017)
Tier 1 1-2 Units $6.16
Tier 2 3-5 Units $8.14
Tier 3 6-10 Units $18.76
Tier 4 11+ Units $39.30

Commercial and Irrigation/Outdoor Water Use Charge (Including Stage 3 Emergency Rates)

Rate (effective January 1, 2017)

$9.28

Additional Charges

  • Customer returned checks $25.00
  • Delinquent charge (48-Hour Notice) $25.00
  • Reestablishment of service $40.00  (Additional $60 if water is to be turned on after normal business hours)
  • Automated Meter Read Opt-Out Fee $10.00 per read