2019/2020 North County Groundwater Production Charge-Setting Process | Santa Clara Valley Water
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2019/2020 North County Groundwater Production Charge-Setting Process


Our District Act provides that groundwater charges may be levied to further the protection and augmentation of the water supplies as well as produce groundwater for beneficial use; may be collected from all those within a zone who own or operate water producing wells whether currently active or not; and that groundwater production charge revenue may be used to pay for and incur debt for the following:

Water supplies

  • Operate and maintain local reservoirs to capture water and fill recharge ponds to replenish the groundwater basin
  • Purchase imported water and develop local water supplies to replenish the groundwater basin

Water quality

  • Monitor and protect groundwater from pollutants and saltwater intrusion
  • Ensure proper construction and destruction of wells to help prevent contaminants from infiltrating the groundwater basin


  • Plan, construct and retrofit infrastructure such as dams, pipelines, recharge ponds and pump stations to help sustain the groundwater table
  • Operate and maintain pipelines, recharge ponds and pumping plants to help sustain the groundwater table

How will rates change?

The water district is proposing up to a 6.7 percent rate increase for groundwater, an average household increase of $2.93 per month.

Agricultural water rates shown in the 2019-20 PAWS report reflect the maximum allowed per the District Act and acts as a placeholder while Valley Water’s Board of Directors continues to deliberate its policy on agricultural water pricing.

  Current charges 2018/2019 Proposed maximum charges 2019/2020*
Non-agricultural  $1,289/acre-foot $1,374/acre-foot
Agricultural water  $27.02/acre-foot $120.25/acre-foot

*Effective July 1, 2019

Related Files
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2019 North County Groundwater Mailer 2.19 MB