Why do I pay a power surcharge?

Customers pay a power surcharge if they live in an elevated area that requires water to be pumped to their location. The surcharge passes-through the cost the District pays for electricity to pump the water. The surcharge rate is determined by the pumping zone. There are nine pumping zones in the District that are assessed a surcharge. The current surcharge rate can range from $0.11 per ccf to $0.66 per ccf. The rate applies to domestic and non-domestic water. 

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1. Where does our water come from?
2. What are the District's Water Conservation "rules"?
3. Who is the Metropolitan Water District?
4. How much does our water cost to import?
5. How does SMWD determine its water rates?
6. What are the current water and sewer rates?
7. How does the District's tiered rate structure work?
8. What can I do to lower my bill?
9. Why do I pay a power surcharge?
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?