City of Poway

Utility Charges vary depending on your Customer Type

  • Single Family Utility Customers
  • Multi-Family and Mobile Home Utility Customers
  • Non-Residential (Commercial) Utility Customers
  • Single Family Utility Customers

    A typical bimonthly water and sewer bill for Single Familly customers is calculated as follows:

    Water

    Your water fee consists of the following components:

      1. A fixed charge based on the meter size.
      2. A water use charge per unit of water that flows through the meter. This portion changes every billing cycle depending on your water usage. 

    Sewer

    Single-family residential customers are assigend to one of seven sewer tiers.  The sewer fee is made up of the following components:

    1. A fixed charge for service based upon the meter size.
    2. A variable commodity charge. The commodity charge is related to the number of units of water you use during the winter months of November - April. These months are considered our "wet" months, the time most water users have their lowest usage. The lowest winter billing cycle is selected for each of the three most recent years and averaged. We then use 85% of the averaged amount to estimate the amount that would normally flow through the sewer. This figure is then used to determine your sewer tier for one year. Because your sewer charges are fixed for one year, your sewer charges may actually exceed water charges during very low water consumption periods.

    New customers in single-family residential, condominium or town home with separate master meters are assigned to a Tier 3 sewer charge. They will remain at this tier until they establish their own winter water use. Fees for single-family customers with less than a three-year history will be calculated based on their lowest winter water use average for each of the years the customer has a history at the property.

    Multi-Family and Mobile Home Utility Customers

    A typical bimonthly water and sewer bill for multi-family and mobile home customers is calculated as follows:

    Water

    Your water fee consists of the following components:

    1. A fixed charge based on the meter size.
    2. A water use charge per unit of water that flows through the meter. This portion changes every billing cycle depending on your water usage.

    Sewer

    The sewer fee for multi-family and mobile home customers is made up of the following components:

    1. A fixed charge for service based upon the meter size.
    2. A variable commodity charge. The commodity charge is based on 85% of a customer's bimonthly water usage (75% if a separate landscape meter does not exist).

    Non-Residential (Commercial) Utility Customers

    A typical bimonthly water and sewer bill for non-residential customers is calculated as follows:

    Water

    Your water fee consists of the following components:

    1. A fixed charge based on the meter size.
    2. A water use charge per unit of water that flows through the meter. This portion changes every billing cycle depending on your water usage.

    Sewer

    The sewer fee for non residential customers is made up of the following components:

    1. A fixed charge for service based upon the meter size.
    2. A variable commodity charge. The commodity charge is based on 90% of a customer's bimonthly water usage

    Special Industrial Users: The Director of Administrative Services is authorized to determine the percentage of water flow based on actual discharge to the sewer system as evidenced by data supplied by the user, and classified per the currently approved water and sewer rate study.

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    Last updated: 6/6/2014 2:12:47 PM