Water bills mailed on or after March 1, 2018 reflect increases to the Water Usage Charge and the Emergency Storage Fee due to increased costs from the San Diego County Water Authority (Water Authority). The increases from the Water Authority are related to the higher cost of purchasing water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, increases in the cost of Imperial Irrigation District transfer water and Carlsbad desalination plant water. The transfer and desalinated water provide the region with highly reliable water supplies and key components of the Water Authority’s water supply diversification strategy. The increase to the Emergency Storage Fee is related to financing and building regional water system infrastructure.
A typical residential customer’s bill (3/4” meter and 24 units/bi-monthly billing) will increase by 1.2%. Below are links to two documents; one showing the financial impact of the Water Authority pass-through increase on a typical residential customer and the other showing full rate and fee schedule effective March 1, 2018.Typical Customer Impact of 2018 San Diego County Water Authority Pass-through