How does SMWD determine its water rates?

There are many factors involved in establishing water and wastewater rates, including the current costs of water and energy from our suppliers. Energy costs are significant in SMWD’s service area because of the hilly terrain. The hills make it necessary to pump water up to the communities we serve and then to pump it again to reach wastewater treatment (sewage) facilities.

The SMWD Board of Directors establishes water rates, fees and charges. The Board reviews rates and fees annually (and more frequently if warranted) to ensure the District continues to operate cost-effectively while delivering a safe, reliable water supply to your tap. The review also ensures compliance with stringent wastewater treatment and disposal regulations, and re-use of recycled water for irrigation.

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1. Where does our water come from?
2. Who is the Metropolitan Water District?
3. How much does our water cost to import?
4. How does SMWD determine its water rates?
5. What are the current water and sewer rates?
6. How does the District's tiered rate structure work?
7. What can I do to lower my bill?
8. Why do I pay a power surcharge?
9. An item on my bill reads "WHOLESALE PASS THRU CHRG." What is it?
10. Does SMWD offer a low income rate?
11. Why does my tax bill show an increase in a SMWD improvement district bond levy?
12. What has SMWD done to reduce its dependency on imported water?
13. What is gray water? Can I use it?
14. What are the official rules and regulations concerning water, recycled water and wastewater service?