Water Rates and Service Charges
On February 27, 2020, following a public hearing, the Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District (BCVWD) Board of Directors approved new water rates and service charges, effective March 1, 2020.
The decision came after a seven-month evaluation by an independent financial expert who studied current rate structures and cost of service. The BCVWD Water Financial Plan and Utility Rate Study revealed the need for new rates and charges based on increasing operating, maintenance and capital replacement costs.
Adjustments will be phased over a period of five years (2020 – 2024) in an effort to minimize the impact to customers. This is the first rate adjustment since 2012.
All customers received a Notice of Public Hearing in mid-January 2020 which detailed how to participate in the rate setting process. BCVWD also held an informational community meeting on February 20, 2020, where residents learned more about the proposed rate adjustments, asked questions and provided comments.
Rate changes are necessary to ensure sufficient funds for the ongoing operations, repairs and maintenance of BCVWD’s facilities, and adequate long-term water supply for the region. According to state law, BCVWD cannot charge more than the actual cost of providing water service. As a not-for-profit government agency, BCVWD is not legally allowed to make a profit.
BCVWD is committed to providing safe, reliable water in a cost-effective manner, while also protecting water resources and the public’s health. For more information, contact BCVWD at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-845-9581.
Customers will also see changes to pass-through charges reflected on their bill. BCVWD purchases water replenishment supply from the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency.
The cost of this imported water rose by 26% in 2019. This cost, and the cost of energy to provide water, are passed through to customers as separate charges on their bill. BCVWD does not control these costs.
How will this impact me? Customers can use the BCVWD bill estimator tool to estimate how these changes will impact their bill.
A water bill for a typical single-family residence with a 5/8-inch meter using 34 units of water during a bi-monthly billing period will increase by $5.57. A customer with a 1-inch meter using the same amount of water will see a bi-monthly increase of $4.21. (These estimates include pass-through charges.)