M1W rates and charges continue to be among the lowest in California.
For further information and rate comparisons, see the State Water Resources Control Board 2012-2013 Wastewater User Charge Survey (PDF).
Rates are updated annually to generate sufficient revenue to fund operations, maintenance and other support activities related to wastewater treatment.
The methodology used to update rates involves five basic steps:
The rates for each customer class are based on appropriate units of use. Some examples of units of use are shown below:
|CLASS||UNITS OF USE|
|Residential (Multi-Family)||Number of living units|
|Hotels/Motels||Number of rooms|
|Restaurants||Number of seats|
|Schools||Number of students/teacher/administration (population)|
Industrial and some commercial users are charged using the standard unit costs along with the applicable flow, strength, etc. of that waste. For some user categories there may be a cost increase; for others it may stay the same or even decrease. The calculation is based on historic data, state imposed standards and local flow information.
Because of the above annual process, the percentage adjustment for each customer class may be different.