2016 Rate Changes

The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) board of directors has approved domestic water rate increases and rate structure changes, the first rate increases for domestic water since 2010. Volumetric rate increases and changes to the way household water budgets are calculated went into effect July 1. New fixed rates will go into effect Nov. 1.

The rate changes are based on a comprehensive Cost of Service Study and national industry standards. The board approved the rates after careful consideration of comments from members of the public, HOA managers, business leaders, and through written comments and emails.
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Water budget rates for volumetric use
As of July 1, 2016 (reflected on bills beginning Aug. 1, 2016)
Tiers Rate Per CCF Single Family Multi-Family (per unit) Commercial Landscape
1 $.95 Up to 8 CCF n/a
2 $1.32 Up to 100% of water budget 8 CCF per EDU* Up to 100%
3 $2.46 100% up to 175% of water budget
4 $4.67 175% up to 300% of water budget
5 $6.13 300% or more of water budget

Note: Tier 1 is considered as indoor use for necessity and is applied to single and multi-family dwelling units only.
*EDU is a term used to compare the wastewater flows generated from a commercial business to those generated by a single family residential unit. Consistent with the policy for residential accounts, each EDU is currently given 8 CCF (hundred cubic feet) for its water budget.

Fixed monthly rates by meter size
As of November 1, 2016
Meter Size Existing Single Family Rates Single Family* Multi-Family Commercial Landscape
3/4” $7.00 $6.92 $7.90 $4.96 $17.14
1” $9.10 $11.51 $13.16 $8.26 $28.59
1-1/2” $11.50 $23.02 $26.38 $16.53 $57.17
2” $18.20 $36.85 $42.18 $26.44 $91.52
3” $70.00 $69.05 $79.09 $49.52 $171.58
4” $88.90 $115.08 $131.79 $82.58 $285.93
6” $133.70 $230.17 $263.65 $165.16 $571.87
8” $203.00 $368.27 $421.83 $264.26 $915.03
 *Most single family homes are fitted with a 3/4” meter.
 
Tier categories
Tier 1 = Excellent Water budgets are unique to each account based on a number of factors. Customers pay the tier rate for all water used within that tier. See the table above for percentages of water budgets for tier rates that will be applied.
Tier 2 - Efficient
Tier 3 = Inefficient
Tier 4 = Wasteful
Tier 5 = Excessive

Background information (please refer to the section above for the most current rate information)


Domestic Water
Canal Water
Replenishment Assessment Charges
Additional information for HOA customers

Domestic Water


Based on a comprehensive Cost of Service Study, CVWD is proposing changes to the water budget-based rate structure to reflect industry standards and permanent expectations for water conservation. CVWD is also proposing to consolidate five rate areas into one and increase fixed and volumetric rates in a way that treat customers fairly, reflect the true cost of service, protecting the District’s financial stability and meet legal requirements. These proposals are subject to change.

Domestic 218 Notice

Domestic water rates Q & A (PDF)

Why change water rates? 
While water rates have remained unchanged since 2010, CVWD now faces unprecedented financial challenges. These include:
Residential Rate Comparison
  • Drought and state-mandated conservation
    While conservation is critical, CVWD needs to find ways to provide its customers with the same level of service, reliability and high-quality water with reduced revenue.
  • California’s new chromium-6 regulation
    At the same time revenues are declining, complying with California’s new drinking water standard for chromium-6 will require an estimated $250 million in new treatment facilities and infrastructure as well as ongoing operation and maintenance costs.
  • Drinking water system maintenance and enhancement
    Proactive upgrades and improvements to the water system are critical to serve the 318,000 residents that depend on CVWD for reliable water service every day.
Domestic Water Fact Sheets Domestic Water Rate Reports Domestic Water Public Meetings
  • Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. - noon, at Administration Building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
  • Monday, March 28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Coachella office, 51501 Tyler Street
  • Tuesday, April 5, 9 a.m., Administration building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
    (Board will vote whether to initiate a Prop. 218 process to change and raise rates)
  • Wednesday, April 27, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Coachella office, 51501 Tyler Street
  • Monday, May 2, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., at Administration Building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
  • Wednesday, May 11, 10 - noon, at Administration Building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
  • Tuesday, June 14, 9 a.m., Administration building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
    (Board will vote whether to approve proposed rate changes and increases)
  • Click here to download public meeting schedule
  • Past CVWD Rates Workshop 5/11/2016
Domestic Water Rates Current and Proposed Water Rates

Tier

Existing Rate (per ccf)

Proposed Rate (per ccf) July 1, 2016

Proposed Rate (per ccf) July 1, 2017

Proposed Rate (per ccf) July 1, 2018

Proposed Rate (per ccf) July 1, 2019

Proposed Rate (per ccf) July 1, 2020

1 - Excellent

$1.01

$0.95

$1.10

$1.27

$1.47

$1.59

2 - Efficient

1.12

1.32

1.53

1.77

2.05

2.21

3 - Inefficient

1.68

2.46

2.85

3.30

3.82

4.13

4 - Excessive

2.24

4.67

5.41

6.26

7.25

7.83

5 - Wasteful

4.48

6.13

7.10

8.22

9.52

10.28


How do these rates compare to other areas across the state?
The Coachella Valley water agencies are currently among the lowest rates in the state. Locally, CVWD and with many water agencies proposing rate increases we expect to continue to be in the low end of the spectrum.
How can I share my opinion on the proposed changes?
CVWD customers can submit their comments and questions on our online rate changes form. Please be advised that using this form does not meet the legal requirements for a formal protest.
  

Canal Water

 
On April 26, 2016, CVWD’s Board of Directors approved a rate increase for Canal water users that was modified from the original proposal. The Board approved Option B, outlined in this Board Action Item.

Canal Rate Report Canal 218 Notice

How can I share my opinion on the proposed changes?
CVWD customers can submit their comments and questions on our online rate changes form. Please be advised that using this form does not meet the legal requirements for a formal protest.

Canal Water Rates

Replenishment Assessment Charges


RAC Rate Report RAC Rates RAC Public Meetings
  • Tuesday, April 12, 9 a.m., at Administration Building, 75515 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert
  • Thursday, May 24, 9 a.m., at Coachella office, 51501 Tyler Street 
RAC Rate Study RAC 218 Notice Area of Benefit How can I share my opinion on the proposed changes?
CVWD customers can submit their comments and questions on our online rate changes form. Please be advised that using this form does not meet the legal requirements for a formal protest.

Additional information for HOA customers


Sample CVWD HOA newsletter about rate increases and changes to the rate structure (DOC)