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Residential Budgets and Rates

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Water budgets are designed to give customers the water they need for both indoor and outdoor uses, specific to the household size and landscape area. Tiered water rates reward customers who use water efficiently and discourage water waste.

Information on Proposed Rates and Fees for 2020 and 2021

Individualized Water Budgets for Residential Customers

The formula uses 55 gallons per person per day, which is based on efficiency standards set by state law as well as water for the irrigated area of homes based on a percentage of the evapotranspiration (ET) rate. The ET is the measure of irrigation needs based on rainfall, temperature and other climate factors.

The ET percentage is based on the following:

  • Homes connected prior to December 31, 2010 receive 80 percent of ET
  • Homes connected between January 1, 2011 and May 31, 2015 receive 70 percent of ET
  • Homes connected on or after June 1, 2015 receive 50 percent of ET

The number of billing units in the water budget varies every month depending on daily weather information gathered throughout EMWD’s service area. Therefore, customers will receive more water in the summer than in the winter.

Each customer’s estimated irrigated area is listed on their billing statement. Irrigated areas may be customized through EMWD’s variance processCustomers with pools, spas, and/or ponds may note that the evaporation rate is approximately equal to the amount of water that turf grass requires. Pools and spas are included in the irrigated area square footage.

How Residential Tiered Rates Work

    The amount of water billed at each tier is based on the availability of specific water supply sources – groundwater, treated groundwater and more expensive imported supplies. All residential customers are billed at the Tier 1 rate for the first 20 percent of their monthly water budget, as this is the proportional amount of local, lowest-cost supplies available.

    The remaining portion of the water budget will be billed at the Tier 2 rate for budgeted supplies.

    Tier 3 and Tier 4 rates cover any usage in excess of the total water budget.

    Drinking Water Rates

    Water rates are billed by billing units (BU) where each unit equals 748 gallons. All figures shown are per BU. The following rates are for accounts on water budgets, effective for bills dated on or after January 1.

    Water Use Charges

    Service Area(s): Perris, Moreno Valley, Good Hope, Mead Valley, Juniper Flats, Lakeview, Nuevo, Romoland, Menifee (Sun City), and portions of Hemet, San Jacinto, Valle Vista, Diamond Valley, Winchester, Canyon Lake and Murrieta (Murrieta Hot Springs and French Valley)

    Rate Effective 2019
    Tier 1 $1.07
    Tier 2 $3.43
    Tier 3 $5.67
    Tier 4 $11.59

    Service Area(s): Parts of San Jacinto Valley

    Rate Effective 2019
    Tier 1 $1.07
    Tier 2 $2.21
    Tier 3 $5.67
    Tier 4 $11.59

    Daily Service Charges per Account per Day

    Note: Excludes Commercial, Industrial and Institutional customers with 2” meters or smaller.

    Meter Size Effective 2019 Monthly Estimate*
    5/8″ $0.42 $12.60
    3/4″ $0.42 $12.60
    1″ $0.57 $17.10
    1.5″ $1.58 $47.40
    2″ $2.45 $73.50
    3″ $4.77 $143.10
    4″ $7.38 $221.40
    6″ $14.63 $438.90
    8″ $23.33 $699.90
    10″ $34.93 $1047.90
    12″ $49.08 $1472.40

    Water Supply and Reliability Capital Projects Fee per Account per Day

    Meter Size Effective 2019 Monthly Estimate*
    5/8″ $0.12 $3.60
    3/4″ $0.12 $3.60
    1″ $0.18 $5.40
    1.5″ $0.60 $18.00
    2″ $0.96 $28.80
    3″ $1.92 $57.60
    4″ $3.00 $90.00
    6″ $6.00 $180.00
    8″ $9.60 $288.00
    10″ $14.40 $432.00
    12″ $20.25 $607.50

    *Based on a 30-day billing cycle.

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    If you have questions about your water quality, please contact the Water Quality department Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 951-928-3777, ext. 3327.

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