Does the San Juan Capistrano court case make your tiered rates illegal?
The San Juan Capistrano opinion does not prohibit tiered rates. In fact, the opinion states "Neither the voters nor the Constitution say anything we can find that would prohibit tiered pricing." Our tiered rate structure was adopted based on the costs to provide service and is compliant with the State Constitution, state law, and applicable case law.

Water Code Sections 370-374 permits public entities to develop allocation-based conservation water pricing (i.e. tiered rates) to prevent water waste or unreasonable use of water. CVWD’s tiered pricing structure complies with these legal requirements.

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1. Under what authority can Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) impose drought penalties or fines?
2. Was a public meeting held?
3. How were customers notified?
4. Does the San Juan Capistrano court case make your tiered rates illegal?
5. My HOA and/or city prohibit me from allowing my lawn to brown or converting to desert landscaping. How can I be expected to conserve water?
6. Why does the district not comply with the requirements that apply to public utilities under the public utilities code?
7. I am an apartment owner and have no control over consumption at my rental units. How can I be expected to comply with the drought ordinance?
8. Under what authority can the district require that service be provided on the account of the landlord?
9. How do I request a hearing to appeal a water waste fine?