Serving the Greater

Escondido Valley Since 1954


 Pass-Through of Wholesale Water Rates and Changes


The District’s five-year water rate study, approved by the Board of Directors in June 2015, allows the District to pass-through the full share of any increase or decrease in fees and charges from the District’s imported water wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA).  SDCWA performs modifications to the rates and charges for retail water agencies on January 1 of each year.  These rates and charges include a variable cost per acre-foot (AF) of water purchased from SDCWA, as well as fixed charges to retail water agencies regardless of how much water is purchased.  Effective January 1, 2018, the District is seeing an overall 4.3% increase in the cost per AF of water purchased from SDCWA.    Fixed charges (not including the IAC) are seeing an overall decrease of 2.6%.  The net overall impact of these modifications is a $0.14 increase to each of the District’s water usage rates.

The District also separately passes-through SDCWA’s Infrastructure Access Charge (IAC) every January 1 of each year. The IAC is a fixed charged for access to imported water from SDCWA and is based upon the size of the water meter serving the property. The District’s IAC cost from SDCWA is decreasing by 6.2%.  District customers will notice that the IAC charge on their water bill is decreasing in response to the reduced cost from our wholesaler. 

The new water rates and charge are effective January 1, 2018 and customers will see the impact of these changes on their February 2018 bill, the first full billing after January 1.  For more detailed information on water rates and charges, the District’s current water rate schedule is available here.     

One of the best ways to minimize the impact of the rate increase is to become as efficient as possible with water use. Rincon customers are encouraged to register for WaterSmart, a free tool which allows access to hourly water use data, customized water conservation opportunities, rebate availability, and leak notification. To register, click on the "WaterSmart Portal" link located on the homepage of this website. 


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June 2016

Rincon Water's Board of Directors rescinded the Level 2 - Drought Alert and returned to Level 1 - Drought Watch on 06/28/16, after meeting the State Water Resources Control Board's (State Board) stress test requirements for drought conditions. As part of our commitment to transparency, the documents submitted to the State Board can be viewed by clicking here.

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