Water Rates and Fee Schedule

Water Rates and Fee Schedule

Water Rates

The District developed the water rate structure to encourage efficient use of water and discourage waste by providing users a water budget allocation suited to their specific needs. The tiers in the water budget rates are defined individually for each customer as shown.

There is a possibility of a water rate increase of 8% in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The proposed rate increases are subject to board approval.

Water Quality Fee ($/ccf*): $ 0.20

New User Classifications Water Budget Allocation
Single Family Residential ("SFR") Indoor allocation + Outdoor allocation
Multi-Family Residential ("MFR") 3-yr moving average by month
Commercial-Industrial ("CI") 3-yr moving average by month
Irrigation Only ("IRR") Outdoor allocation
Other ("OTHER") 3-yr moving average by month

Service Charge

Meter Size Monthly Service Charge
5/8" $ 27.51
1" $ 52.26
1-1/2" $ 93.51
2" $ 143.03
3" $ 258.57
4" $ 423.62
6" $ 836.24
8" $ 1,331.38
10" $ 1,909.05

Commodity Rates ($/ccf*)

Tiers CY 2014
Tier 1 $ 0.73
Tier 2 $ 2.90
Tier 3 $ 3.70
Tier 4 $ 4.81
Tier 5 $ 5.81

Elevation Booster Surcharge ($/ccf*)

Area CY 2014
B -
A 1 $ 0.13
A 2 $ 0.41
A 3 $ 0.89

*ccf = hundred cubic feet = 748 gallons. Water use is metered in units of ccf.


Water Budgets

According to American Water Works Association, "water budgets are volumetric allotments of water to customers based on customer-specific characteristics and conservative resource standards." After completing a thorough study the District implemented the following approach to determine individual water budgets for each customer in the defined customer classes.

Single-Family Residential ("SFR") & Multi-Family Residential ("MFR")
Allocation Equation: SFR - Indoor + Outdoor MFR - 3-yr historical montly average
Tier % of water budget allocation
Tier 1 0-100%
Tier 2 101-130%
Tier 3 131-160%
Tier 4 161-190%
Tier 5 Above 191%
Commercial /Industrial ("CI") and Other (i.e. Municipal, School, Construction, etc...)
Allocation Equation: 3-yr historical montly average
Tier % of water budget allocation
Tier 1 0-100%
Tier 2 101-130%
Tier 3 131-160%
Tier 4 161-190%
Tier 5 Above 191%
Irrigation only ("IRR")
Allocation Equation: Outdoor
Tier % of water budget allocation
Tier 1 0-100%
Tier 2 101-130%
Tier 3 131-160%
Tier 4 161-190%
Tier 5 Above 191%

For residential customers, the indoor allocation is based on an average of 4 occupants per home providing an allotment of 60 gallons per capita per day (GPCD). Adjustments for additional occupants can be requested by submitting an Adjustment Application (or Variance) to the District. These applications may be obtained from the District office or website and will require supporting documentation and approval.

The outdoor allocation is based on irrigable area (“IA”) determined by the total square footage of the parcel from assessor’s data and the amount of water required to maintain a healthy landscape. For residential customers, the irrigable area is estimated to be 45 percent of the total parcel area. For irrigation only customers, the irrigable area is assumed to be 100 percent of total parcel area.

The amount of water needed for irrigation is based on:

  • Weather: determined by evapotranspiration (ET0) data gathered from a local weather station
  • Landscape factor: the State of California Code of Regulations Title 23, Section 491 provides a landscape factor ("LF") adjustment of 70 percent to the amount of water needed for irrigation to encourage conservation
  • Conservation factor: approved by District Board to account for water supply shortages (currently set at 100%)

To calculate the customer-specific monthly water budget allocation, the following equations can be used:

  • Indoor allocation = GPCD * Household Size * Days per billing cycle / (748 gallons/ccf)
  • Outdoor allocation = (ET0/(12in/ft))* IA * LF * conservation factor / (100 ft3 / 1 ccf)

The tiers for non-residential customers will be revised when the Board declares a water supply emergency and mandatory cutbacks in water usage.

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Elevation Zones

In November of 2000, the District established a surcharge to pass on the increased costs of delivering water to customers in higher elevation zones. This surcharge continues under the current rate structure.

The District is divided into four (4) elevation service zones, as shown on the Zone map below. The northern most area is defined as the "Base Area", while moving south the Zone structure includes "Area 1", "Area 2", and "Area 3". If you are in Areas A1, A2, or A3, you will be charged an elevation booster surcharge based on the water units you use ($/ccf) as shown in the preceding tables.

These charges are based on the actual pumping costs and are re-evaluated every five years.

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Variances

The standard allocation for a household is 4 people. If your household number exceeds 4 people and you would like to request increased water allocation, click here.

View the Allocation Estimator for additional information.

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Bill Format

At first glance, understanding your monthly water bill can seem a challenging task for both new and existing Palmdale Water District customers.

Click here to take a closer look at a typical statement so you can have a better understanding of what each field actually means to you.

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Water Rates

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The principal reasons for the current water rates are to promote efficient use of water, promote conservation and to provide revenues sufficient to:

  • Provide excellent water quality through the newly upgraded water treatment plant for Total Organic Carbon ("TOC") and Trihalomethanes ("THM") removal using a Granular Activated Carbon ("GAC") system. GAC is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as the "Best Available Technology" to meet new THM standards.
  • Respond to decreased water deliveries and imported water supply reliability due to environmental concerns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta, lower snow packs in the Sierra, increased cost of imported water due to recent droughts in California and to address the Governor’s call to reduce urban water use by twenty percent (20%) per person by 2020.
  • Operate and maintain, repair and replace water facilities to maintain system reliability, including water treatment plant upgrades and reservoir improvements.
  • Replace aging pipes, pumps and other infrastructure to reduce the number of pipeline breaks and emergency repairs.
  • Comply with federal and state environmental and safe drinking water rules, including a State Department of Public Health Compliance Order requiring, among other things, enhanced and expanded water treatment capacity.

The District desires to stabilize revenues regardless of variations in consumption due to weather, supply disruptions or drastic supply costs by having 60 percent of its fixed costs recovered through the fixed monthly service charge. The District has implemented a surcharge for improving water quality resulting from the construction of a new upgraded water treatment plant using the GAC system for TOC and THM removal.

The Palmdale Water District is helping to keep your water rates down.

Alternative Energy Sources help to cut operation expenses

California Irrigation Management Information System

The District obtains all ETO data from the California Irrigation Management Information System (CMIS) provided by the Department of Water Resources, Office of Water Efficiency. Station detail report for Station 197, the station that covers the District, can be found at CMIS 197.

"Providing high quality water to our current and future customers at a reasonable cost."