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Effective January 2017, potable water rates published in the 2015 Proposition 218 notice were adjusted in response to pass-through increase in water costs from LVMWD's wholesale supplier, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.  This pass-through has been added to the adopted potable water rate schedule.  Notification of the pass-through revision was published and mailed to customers in November 2016.

Potable water service charges are comprised of the following elements:

Readiness to Serve Charge (monthly) is a flat fee, which recovers a portion of expenses incurred in maintaining the distribution system, providing fire protection and processing customer activity. 

The readiness to serve charge is based on the size of the meter serving the property (Refer to the chart below.)

Meter Size 2017 Rates
(effective January 1, 2017)
¾" (standard
household service)
$21.73
¾" x 1"  $21.73
1"  $35.14
1 ½"  $68.65
2"  $108.86
3"  $236.20
4"  $423.85
6"  $1,073.94
8"  $1,878.17
10"  $2,816.44


Commodity Charges
recovers the cost of acquiring and delivering water to each customer class.  The commodity charge is based on the volume of water delivered to a customer during a monthly billing period. The commodity charge is expressed in "billing units" of 100 cubic feet; a single billing unit is equal to 748 gallons.  (Refer to the charts below.)

Single- / Multi-Family Residential Commodity Charge

Potable Water

Efficient
Indoor

Efficient
Outdoor

Inefficient

Excessive

Charge per unit
   Effective January 1, 2017
$2.46 $3.24 $4.00 $5.02

 

Commercial Commodity Charge

Commercial 
Commodity
Charge

2017 Rates 
(effective
January 1, 2017)

Tier  Charge
Tier 1 $2.46
Tier 2 $3.24
Tier 3 $4.00
Tier 4 $5.02

 

Irrigation Commodity Charge
Applies only to service connections used exclusively for irrigation.

Irrigation
Commodity
Charge

2017 Rates 
(effective
January 1, 2017)

Tier Charge
Efficient
Outdoor
$3.24
Inefficient $4.00
Excessive $5.02

 

Elevation Charges

Elevation Charges cover the additional costs of infrastructure and power to pump water to higher locations, billing differs by zone, with customers at higher elevations paying higher costs per unit of water. Most district customers are located in zones 1 and 2. Elevation charges are determined by the highest elevation the water is pumped to prior to reaching the residence.   Potable Water Elevation Pumping Zone Map 2016 - pdf (2 MB)

Zones Elevation Charge
(effective Janaury 1, 2017)
Zone 1 Elevation Charge per unit  $0.00
Zone 2 Elevation Charge per unit  $0.44
Zone 3 Elevation Charge per unit  $1.03
Zone 4 Elevation Charge per unit  $1.64

Zone 1, includes all domestic water customers receiving water that does not require pumping above a hydraulic gradient of 1235 feet.
Zone 2, includes all domestic water customers receiving water that requires pumping to elevations between 1235 and 1700 feet.
Zone 3, includes all domestic water customers receiving water that requires pumping to elevations between 1700 and 2200 feet; includes all domestic water customers who are served water purchased by the District from sources other than the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Zone 4, includes all domestic water customers receiving water that requires pumping to elevations greater than 2200 feet.

updated: January 3, 2017

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