Connection fees are one-time charges for new customers to connect to the district’s water system, and for existing customers who want to increase their existing allotment. The fee reflects the estimated reasonable cost of capacity used to meet the demand. Please note: On July 1, 2021 the connection fee will increase from $36,296 to $37,447 per acre-foot.
The annual consumption for residential use is based on the area average of the neighborhood where the unit(s) are to be built. All other uses, such as business, industrial, agricultural, or institutional uses, are based on consumption estimates done by the district or on information provided by the applicant.
The amount of water purchased at the time of application, based on consumption estimates, becomes the water entitlement for the property. If we determine at a later date that actual consumption is exceeding the entitlement, additional connection fees will be assessed to increase the property's entitlement, or the consumption will have to be reduced to the level consistent with the existing entitlement.
All water purchases are subject to the fees in effect at the time of the purchase. it is very important that the information requested by, and submitted to, the district be as accurate as possible.
Additional Potential Costs to the Customer
In addition to the fees, a customer may incur other costs when installing a new water service or when increasing the size of an existing water meter:
- Installation of a backflow prevention assembly: Costs associated with purchasing/installing required backflow prevention assembly.
- Landscape plan review: Costs associated with hiring a landscape architect to prepare and submit materials to comply with the landscape plan review process.
- Installation of high-efficiency water-using fixtures: Costs to ensure fixtures (i.e., toilets, urinals, dishwashers, etc.) meet water conservation standards.