The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors today approved new domestic fixed rates that will go into effect Nov. 1.
The new fixed rates, also known as service charges, are lower than originally proposed and will result in lower rates than currently in effect for the majority of single-family homes and commercial accounts. The new rates are based on a comprehensive Cost of Service Study and national industry standards.
"This is good news for customers," said Board President John Powell. "I'm glad we were able to keep rates as low as possible."
The Cost of Service Study recommended larger increases for landscape meters than homeowners to reflect the true cost of service. The fixed rates are designed to recover fixed costs associated with delivering a reliable supply of high quality water without interruption. These costs include operation and maintenance of nearly 100 wells and 2,000 miles of pipes, as well as testing and treating the water.
Based on the study, the board changed fixed rates from being based solely on meter size to also differentiating between types of customer. There are now separate fixed rates for meters servicing single-family, multi-family, commercial, fire protection and dedicated landscape accounts.
For a single-family home with a ¾" meter, the fixed rate will drop from $7 per month to $6.92. Other rates for a ¾" meter will be $4.96 for commercial, $7.90 for multi-family and $17.14 for landscape irrigation.
In addition, CVWD implemented new volumetric rates this summer, also based on a comprehensive Cost of Service Study. CVWD and the other Coachella Valley water agencies continue to offer the lowest water rates in the state.
Additional information about the water rate changes including detail about the new rates for each customer class and meter size is available at www.cvwd.org/ratechanges.
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 109,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.