Rates / Study

Water and Sewer Rates

Rates Adjustment Notification - Effective October 1, 2018

On August 29, 2018, after a public hearing, the Oakwood Lake Water District Board of Directors decided to REDUCE water rates by 4.7% and to RAISE wastewater rates by 28.9% over a five year rate period in accordance with the adopted rate schedule.  The initial changes were effective on October 1, 2018 and rates are adjusted each July 1 in accordance with the adopted rate schedule.  You will see the effect of the annual rate adjustments in the bills you receive from the District in early August for service provided in July.

The Board agenda for August 29, 2018 can be found on the Meetings page; that agenda explains the reasons for the rate adjustments and the rate study.  In addition, the independent consultant's report of May 8, 2018 prepared by the District by HF&F Consultants, LLC can also be found there.

Water and Sewer Rates - Effective July 1, 2020

The charge for water is based on metered water use will remain $1.68 per unit of water used with a base charge of $55.50 per month.

Effective July 1, 2020, the charge for sewer service includes a base charge of $176.90 per month with a usage charge of $7.81 per unit.

No further rate adjustments are currently scheduled.  During this fiscal year, the District will be examining its rates in anticipation of the commencement of wastewater service via Manteca.

A unit is equal to one hundred cubic feet or 748 gallons.

Please see 2018 Rate Study (below) for more detail or email questions to: lynnewichert@valleyoperators.com

Water and Sewer Rates - Effective July 1, 2021

The charge for water is based on metered water use and will remain $1.68 per unit of water used with a base charge of $55.50 per month.  The charge for sewer service includes a base charge of $176.90 per month with a usage charge of $7.81 per unit and will also remain unchanged.  During 2021, The District is examining its rates in anticipation of the commencement of wastewater service via Manteca.

2018 Rates and Charges Study

In 2017, the Oakwood Lake Water District Board of Directors approved a contract with HF&H Consultants, LLC to prepare a Water and Sewer Rate Study. The report was completed in May 2018 and was included with the agenda materials for the August 28, 2018 OLWD Board Meeting at which the rates were adopted after a public hearing. The report may also be reviewed at the link below:

 

2015 Rates and Charges Study

In 2014, the Oakwood Lake Water District Board of Directors approved a contract with the Reed Group to prepare a Cost of Service Report and Rate Study.  Progress reports were provided to the Board and the Finance Committee.  The rate study may be reviewed at the link below:

 

Sewer Base Charges

Your sewer base charge is determined by your winter-time water usage. This is because actual sewer flows from a residence cannot be directly measured so water usage at a time when outdoor water usage is minimal is used as a very good estimate of sewer usage. Your sewer base usage is calculated each year and takes effect on March 1 and that base usage remains the same through the end of the following February. The unit cost for the base sewer usage adjusts annually on July 1 in accordance with action taken by the Board of Directors.

For the period March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 the sewer base usage will be determined as the LOWER of:

  • Your individual average water usage from December 2019 through February 2020; or
  • Your individual average water usage for December 2019 and January 2020.

This action was taken by the Board because February 2020 was extraordinarily dry and many of our customers turned on their landscape irrigation systems during that month.

For future (and prior) years your sewer base usage was determined as your individual average water usage during the months of December, January and February.

In general, if you wish to minimize your sewer bill you can do so by curtailing outdoor irrigation during these months.

Receipt and Payment of Service Bills

Your water and sewer service bill is calculated based on your previous monthly usage. For example, the January invoice will be calculated and sent to you in early February after the month of January is complete so that all usage data is captured. Water and sewer service bills are considered delinquent if not paid by the last day of the month and late fees are assessed.

 

System Capacity Charges

Capacity fees are a type of development impact fee that public agencies may impose as a condition of development under the authority of California Government Code section 66000 et seq., the Mitigation Fee Act (Act).  The purpose of capacity fees is to ensure that development pays its fair share of the costs associated with providing system capacity.  Capacity fees are a one-time charge paid near at the time the connection is made or entitlements are received.  The Act requires that those fees or charges shall not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service.  The District has established Capacity Fees for Water and Sewer Service as follows:

 

Miscellaneous Fees and Charges

 

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