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Summary of Water Service Rates

Beginning in early February 2011, Valencia Water Company (VWC) will have four primary types of water rates: General Metered Services - Residential, which covers individually metered homes; General Metered Services - Non-Residential, which covers businesses and the public sector; General Metered Services - Dedicated Irrigation, which covers meters dedicated to irrigation; and Private Fire Services, which is comprised of sprinkler systems and fire hydrants on private property. Additionally, VWC also provides recycled water to qualified customers where available. The applicable rates have been recreated below for your convenience. VWC believes this information is an accurate representation of our water rates, but it does not take the place of the official and effective tariffs on file with the CPUC.

VWC periodically has rate increases and decreases. The rate change will always have an effective date. When a billing period overlaps the effective date of the rate change, only the period and usage after the effective date is assessed at the new rate. This is referred to as prorating the monthly bill.

General Metered Services - Residential

Applicable to all individually metered residential water services for which a water allocation is available.

Monthly Service Charge

This is a readiness-to-serve charge, which is applied to all General Metered Services - Residential accounts. It is based on meter size, and is added to the consumption charge.

Per Meter per month:
Meter Size Rate
5/8 x 3/4 inch $8.40
3/4 inch $ 12.55
1 inch $ 20.90
1-1/2 inch $ 41.80
2 inch $ 67.00
3 inch $ 125.50
4 inch $ 209.20
6 inch $ 418.50
8 inch $ 669.50
10 inch $ 962.50
12 inch $ 1,380.90
14 inch $ 1,883.10

Water Consumption Charges

Charged for all water delivered through the meter.

Per Hundred Cubic Feet (CCF) :

Tier Name Tier Level Tier Rate
Super Efficient Tier 1: Indoor monthly water allocation $1.236
Efficient Tier 2: Outdoor monthly water allocation
Tiers 1 + 2 = 100% of total monthly allocation
$1.471
Inefficient Tier 3: 101% - 150% of monthly water allocation $1.839
Excessive Tier 4: 151% - 200% of monthly water allocation $2.391
Wasteful Tier 5: Use in excess of 200% of monthly water allocation $3.108

The amount of water used within each tier is billed at the corresponding rate for that tier.

Special Conditions:

A surcharge of $0.04 per month is to be applied to the monthly service charge from the effective date of Advice Letter No. 112 in order to offset revenue reductions given to Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) customers .

Due to the under-collection in the utility's Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism/Modified Cost Balancing Account (WRAM/MCBA), a surcharge of $0.088 per 100 cu. ft. of water used is to be applied to the quantity rates until the under-collection in the WRAM/MCBA has been fully amortized, approximately 12 months.

To offset the decrease in Purchased Water expense from Castaic Lake Water Agency effective July 1, 2013, a surcredit of $0.057 per 100 cu. ft. is to be deducted from the Quantity Rate.

Public Utilities Commission Surcharge

This surcharge applies to all water bills rendered under all tariff rate schedules authorized by the Commission, with the exception of resale rate schedules where the customer is a public utility.

In 1982 the Legislature established the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission, Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 401-443. The surcharge to recover the cost of that fee is ordered by the Commission under authority granted by the PU Code Section 433.

A 1.5% surcharge shall be added to all customer bills.


Low-Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) Program

Valencia Water Company  offers a discount to qualifying low-income residential customers. If your household qualifies for a discount on your electric or gas bill under the CARE program, you may also qualify for a discount on your water bill in the amount of 50% of the monthly service charge.

Income Guidelines:

Number of Persons in Household Total Combined Annual Income
1 up to $22,980
2 up to $31,020
3 up to $39,060
4 up to $47,100
5 up to $55,140
6 up to $63,180
7 up to $71,220
8 up to $79,260
each additional person $8,040

These income limits are effective until May 31, 2014.  For more information on the LIRA program, or to complete a LIRA application, click here.

General Metered Services - Non-Residential

Applicable to all metered water services for which no special rates or water allocations are available.

Monthly Service Charge

This is a readiness-to-serve charge, which is applied to all General Metered Services - Non-Residential accounts. It is based on meter size, and is added to the consumption charge.

Per Meter per month:
Meter Size Rate
5/8 x 3/4 inch $8.40
3/4 inch $ 12.55
1 inch $ 20.90
1-1/2 inch $ 41.80
2 inch $ 67.00
3 inch $ 125.50
4 inch $ 209.20
6 inch $ 418.50
8 inch $ 669.50
10 inch $ 962.50
12 inch $ 1,380.90
14 inch $ 1,883.10

Water Consumption Charges

Charged for all water delivered through the meter.

Per Hundred Cubic Feet (CCF): $1.471.

Special Conditions:

A surcharge of $0.04 per month is to be applied to the monthly service charge from the effective date of Advice Letter No. 112 in order to offset revenue reductions given to Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) customers .

Due to the under-collection in the utility's Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism/Modified Cost Balancing Account (WRAM/MCBA), a surcharge of $0.088 per 100 cu. ft. of water used is to be applied to the quantity rates until the under-collection in the WRAM/MCBA has been fully amortized, approximately 12 months.

To offset the decrease in Purchased Water expense from Castaic Lake Water Agency effective July 1, 2013, a surcredit of $0.057 per 100 cu. ft. is to be deducted from the Quantity Rate.

Public Utilities Commission Surcharge

This surcharge applies to all water bills rendered under all tariff rate schedules authorized by the Commission, with the exception of resale rate schedules where the customer is a public utility.

In 1982 the Legislature established the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission, Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 401-443. The surcharge to recover the cost of that fee is ordered by the Commission under authority granted by the PU Code Section 433.

A 1.5% surcharge shall be added to all customer bills.

Private Fire Services

Applicable to all private fire services and private fire hydrants.

Monthly Service Charge

This is a readiness-to-serve charge, which is applied to all Private Fire Services accounts. It is based on service size. Private Fire Services are not charged for consumption.

Per Service per month:
Service Size Rate
2 inch $ 22.30
4 inch $ 32.30
6 inch $ 46.10
8 inch $ 61.50
10 inch $ 126.90
12 inch $ 183.80
14 inch $ 249.90

Special Condition:

A surcharge of $0.04 per month is to be applied to the monthly service charge from the effective date of Advice Letter No. 112 in order to offset revenue reductions given to Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) customers .


Public Utilities Commission Surcharge

This surcharge applies to all water bills rendered under all tariff rate schedules authorized by the Commission, with the exception of resale rate schedules where the customer is a public utility.

In 1982 the Legislature established the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission, Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 401-443. The surcharge to recover the cost of that fee is ordered by the Commission under authority granted by the PU Code Section 433.

A 1.5% surcharge shall be added to all customer bills.

Recycled and Untreated Water Metered Services

Applicable to all recycled and untreated water metered services.

Monthly Service Charge

This is a readiness-to-serve charge, which is applied to all Recycled and Untreated Water Metered Services accounts. It is based on meter size, and is added to the consumption charge.

Per Meter per month:
Meter Size Rate
5/8 x 3/4 inch $8.40
3/4 inch $ 12.55
1 inch $ 20.90
1-1/2 inch $ 41.80
2 inch $ 67.00
3 inch $ 125.50
4 inch $ 209.20
6 inch $ 418.50
8 inch $ 669.50
10 inch $ 962.50
12 inch $ 1,380.90
14 inch $ 1,883.10

Water Consumption Charges


Charged for all water delivered through the meter.

Per Hundred Cubic Feet (CCF) at 5% above the amount billed to Valencia Water Company by Castaic Lake Water Agency. Currently at $1.236.

Special Conditions:

A surcharge of $0.04 per month is to be applied to the monthly service charge from the effective date of Advice Letter No. 112 in order to offset revenue reductions given to Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) customers .

Due to the under-collection in the utility's Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism/Modified Cost Balancing Account (WRAM/MCBA), a surcharge of $0.088 per 100 cu. ft. of water used is to be applied to the quantity rates until the under-collection in the WRAM/MCBA has been fully amortized, approximately 12 months.

To offset the decrease in Purchased Water expense from Castaic Lake Water Agency effective July 1, 2013, a surcredit of $0.057 per 100 cu. ft. is to be deducted from the Quantity Rate.


Public Utilities Commission Surcharge

This surcharge applies to all water bills rendered under all tariff rate schedules authorized by the Commission, with the exception of resale rate schedules where the customer is a public utility.

In 1982 the Legislature established the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission, Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 401-443. The surcharge to recover the cost of that fee is ordered by the Commission under authority granted by the PU Code Section 433.

A 1.5% surcharge shall be added to all customer bills.

General Metered Services - Dedicated Irrigation  

Applicable to all dedicated irrigation metered water services for which a water allocation is available.

Monthly Service Charge

This is a readiness-to-serve charge, which is applied to all General Metered Services - Dedicated Irrigation Metered accounts. It is based on meter size, and is added to the consumption charge.

Per Meter per month:
Meter Size Rate
5/8 x 3/4 inch $8.40
3/4 inch $ 12.55
1 inch $ 20.90
1-1/2 inch $ 41.80
2 inch $ 67.00
3 inch $ 125.50
4 inch $ 209.20
6 inch $ 418.50
8 inch $ 669.50
10 inch $ 962.50
12 inch $ 1,380.90
14 inch $ 1,883.10

Water Consumption Charges

Charged for all water delivered through the meter.

Per Hundred Cubic Feet (CCF) :

Tier Name Tier Level Tier Rate
Super Efficient Tier 1: 0 - 35% of the monthly water allocation $1.236
Efficient Tier 2: 36 - 100% of the monthly water allocation
Tiers 1 + 2 = 100% of total monthly allocation
$1.471
Inefficient Tier 3: 101% - 150% of monthly water allocation $1.618
Excessive Tier 4: 151% - 200% of monthly water allocation $1.861
Wasteful Tier 5: Use in excess of 200% of monthly water allocation $2.326

The amount of water used within each tier is billed at the corresponding rate for that tier.

Special Conditions:

A surcharge of $0.04 per month is to be applied to the monthly service charge from the effective date of Advice Letter No. 112 in order to offset revenue reductions given to Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) customers .

Due to the under-collection in the utility's Water Revenue Adjustment Mechanism/Modified Cost Balancing Account (WRAM/MCBA), a surcharge of $0.088 per 100 cu. ft. of water used is to be applied to the quantity rates until the under-collection in the WRAM/MCBA has been fully amortized, approximately 12 months.

To offset the decrease in Purchased Water expense from Castaic Lake Water Agency effective July 1, 2013, a surcredit of $0.057 per 100 cu. ft. is to be deducted from the Quantity Rate.

Public Utilities Commission Surcharge

This surcharge applies to all water bills rendered under all tariff rate schedules authorized by the Commission, with the exception of resale rate schedules where the customer is a public utility.

In 1982 the Legislature established the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission, Public Utilities (PU) Code Section 401-443. The surcharge to recover the cost of that fee is ordered by the Commission under authority granted by the PU Code Section 433.

A 1.5% surcharge shall be added to all customer bills.

Dedicated Irrigation Metered Services - Mixed Sources

For more information please refer to Valencia Water Company tariffs for Dedicated Irrigation  Metered  Services -- Mixed Sources.




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