Jump to Content
 
In An Emergency:

Water Emergencies: Call MWSD at (650) 728-3545
Sewer Emergencies: Call SAM at (650) 726-0124
Dial 911 for life-threatening and safety

Rates and Finance

Water Rates, Charges & Fees

Below is information about the District's water rates, charges and fees.

The District has worked consistently to decrease costs, for example:

  • Saved $1 million by rejecting a first round of bids to build a large water tank and modifying the design before rebidding.
  • Successfully obtained a 2.3% low-interest-rate loan from the State to help fund a new storage tank.
  • Eliminated the need for a new $1.5 million water treatment facility.
  • Took advantage of low interest rates to refinance prior debt and achieve savings.
  • Long range planning helps ensure reliable service and stable rates.

Long-Range Planning

In order to control costs and ensure reliable service and stable rates the District carries out long-range planning.

Setting Fair Rates and Reasonable Rates

With the long-range plans in place, the District carries out financial planning, as well as rate and fee studies to identify rates and fees that are: understandable, fair, provide needed revenue and meet legal requirement.

For more information

To learn more about customer categories (e.g., residential, industrial, etc.) and wastewater strength characteristics, see Montara Water and Sanitary District Code {“MWSD Code”] §4-2.100).

See the Master Fee Schedule, which includes sewer and water rates, as well as permit costs, connection fees, etc.
FIVE YEAR HISTORY OF WATER RATES, INCLUDING CURRENT RATES

The District’s water rates include two components:

  1. Water quantity charges billed according to a 4-tiered rate structure with water purchased first in Tier 1 and then subsequently in higher, and
  2. Fixed service charges based on meter size
WATER QUANTITY RATESCURRENT RATESHISTORICAL RATES
2017/182016/172015/162014/152013/14
Tier 1 (0 to 6 per HCF) $8.12 $7.88 $7.65 $7.43 $7.07
Tier 2 (7 to 13 per HCF) $10.83 $10.52 $10.21 $9.91 $9.43
Tier 3 (14 to 27 per HCF) $13.54 $13.14 $12.76 $12.39 $11.79
Tier 4 (28 and over per HCF) $18.96 $18.41 $17.87 $17.35 $16.50
CONNECTION CAPACITY CHARGECURRENT CHARGESHISTORICAL CHARGES
2017/182016/172015/162014/152013/14
For 5/8 -inch meters $27.96 $27.15 $26.36 $25.59 $22.54
¾-inch meter $30.76 $29.86 $28.99 $28.15 $24.79
1-inch $39.15 $38.01 $36.90 $35.83 $31.68
1-½ $50.33 $48.86 $47.44 $46.06 $40.57
2-inch $81.09 $78.73 $76.44 $74.21 $65.36
3-inch $307.59 $298.63 $289.93 $281.49 $247.95
4-inch $391.48 $380.08 $369.01 $358.26 $315.57
Summary of the Most Used Fees and Charges
DOMESTIC WATER CONNECTION CAPACITY CHARGES
5/8 x 3/4 inch meter $17,100.00
3/4 inch meter $18,810.00
1 inch meter $23,939.00
1-1/2 inch meter $30,783.00
2 inch meter $49,589.00
3 inch meter $188,095.00
4 inch meter $239,395.00
Above 4 inch meter determined by General Manager based on estimated water usage
Administrative Fee $505.00
Inspection Fee $477.00
Engineering Review $2,737.00
PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION CONNECTION FEES
3/4 TO 5/8 inch meter $5,106.00
1 inch meter $8,528.00
1-1/2 inch meter $17,002.00
2 inch meter $27,215.00
3 inch meter $51,058.00
4 inch meter $85,119.00
6 inch meter $141,885.00
8 inch meter $236,525.00
10 inch meter $394,284.00
Administrative Fee $505.00
Inspection Fee $477.00
Engineering Review Deposit $2,737.00
Total Deposit $3,719.00