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Rates and service charges – proposed changes

Beaumont-Cherry Valley Water District (BCVWD) is considering a water rate and service charge changes. Notices detailing the proposed changes
were mailed to customers on Monday, January 13, 2020.

After a detailed budget and cost of service analysis, the BCVWD Water Financial Plan and Utility Rate Study revealed the need for new
rates and charges based on the following factors:

  • Growing operation and maintenance costs
  • 26% increase in the cost of imported water
  • Fluctuating electricity costs

The proposed rate changes would adjust the fixed bi-monthly service charge, volumetric commodity rates, fire service charge and drought rates. The volumetric commodity rates would change from the current two-tier system to a three-tier system. Increases would be phased over a period of five years (2020 – 2024) in an effort to minimize the impact to customers.

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.

Pass-through charges

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.

How will this impact me? If approved, 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 would increase by $5.57. A customer with a 1-inch meter using the same amount of water would see a bi-monthly increase of $4.21. (These estimates include pass-through charges.) Customers can use the BCVWD bill estimator tool to estimate how these changes would impact their bill.

For more information, contact BCVWD at or 951-845-9581.



2019 (7 Months)

Rate study and cost of service analysis conducted

06/01/2019- 12/31/2019

Prop 218 Notice Mailed

Proposition 2018 Notice mailed to customers


Town Hall Meeting

Informational Community Town Hall Meeting The meeting will take place at 560 Magnolia Ave. Beaumont, CA. 92223 at 6:00 P.M.


Public Hearing and Board Vote

Public Hearing and Board Vote The meeting will take place at 560 Magnolia Ave. Beaumont, CA. 92223.


If approved, rates take effect

If approved by the Board of Directors, new rates would take effect on March 1st, 2020.



Notice of Public Hearing
English | Spanish

Pocket Guide – FAQ’s
English | Spanish

Water Financial Plan and Utility Rate Study
Link to Study



Frequently Asked Questions Doc
English | Spanish

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