Permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate Program (PSAWR)

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The City of Poway is participating in the San Diego County Water Authority's (SDCWA) Permanent Special Agricultural Water Rate (PSAWR) Program which allows qualifying commercial agricultural water customers a lower water rate.

For Calendar Year 2023, the water rebate amount is $1.16 per unit.*

In exchange for receiving a lower water rate, during times of water shortages or emergencies, participating PSAWR customers will be subject to higher water cutbacks compared to non-PSAWR customers and will receive a percent reduction in water supplies that is equal to the percent reduction in supplies set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California under its shortage action.  

To qualify in Poway's PSAWR program, the following requirements must be met:

For Eligibility in Programs 1, 2, and 3, you may contact:

The San Diego County Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures

(760) 754-4700 (San Marcos Office)
For Eligibility in Program 4, the Water Board encourages applicants to enroll in the Agricultural Order through a third party vendor. To begin this process you may contact:

Frog Environmental Group
 (310) 241-0866 ext 243 (Bradley)
The San Diego Farm Bureau / Irrigated Lands Group:
(760) 745-2215 (Tasha)

Send all required documentation, including a completed Enrollment and Acknowledgement Form to:
City of Poway
PSAWR Enrollment
P.O. Box 789
Poway, CA 92074

Full program details can be found in the PSAWR Program Handbook. If you have any question on Poway's PSAWR Program, please contact us by email or by phone at (858) 668-4700.

*Rebate only applies to agricultural water demands.  For water meters that serve both residential property and agricultural property, the rebate begins after the first 22 units in a billing cycle.