Unmetered Landscape Irrigation

  1. Rate Structure Changes
  2. Annual Rate Adjustment
  3. Putting it all together

1) Rate Structure Changes

Your water bill is determined based on what it costs to serve water to your home or business. Due to state requirements, the changing water use trends driven by the recent drought, and our fiscal responsibility, we need to reassess our rate structure. 

  • We worked with an independent consultant to ensure proper allocation of costs among customers and develop the Final Administrative Record for Rate Structure Analysis (PDF). Our rate structure changes align water rates with the cost of your water service, nothing more.
  • These structural changes only affect how rates and charges are allocated among customers; they do not result in additional funds for the District overall.
  • With the rate structure changes, some customers’ bills will go down, while others will go up depending on their service.

NOTABLE CHANGES UNDER THE RATE STRUCTURE

The untreated water rates have been standardized to increase ease of understanding and administration.

Annual Charge – The previous annual charge has been replaced with three separate rate components: annual service charge, usage charge, and demand charge. These rate components will be standard for all untreated water customers.

1. Service Charge – The service charge covers our 24/7 customer service and the billing costs—it is based on eight months of service, from April through November, during irrigation season.

2. Usage Charge – The usage charge covers the cost of purchasing source water, delivery, and conservation programs. Unmetered landscape irrigation customers do not have recorded water usage, so the usage charge is based on estimated usage during April through November using an outdoor water budget formula assessed per 0.05 acre.

3. Demand Charge – The demand charge represents the costs of delivering water to customers under peak demand conditions. Unmetered landscape irrigation customers do not have recorded water usage so the demand charge is based on estimated peak month usage during April through November using an outdoor water budget formula assessed per 0.05 acre.