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2023-24 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 15 percent rate increase for groundwater, an average household increase of $8.92 per month.

Agricultural water rates shown in the 2023-24 PAWS report reflects the direction provided by Valley Water's Board of Directors to maintain the Agricultural water rate at 10 percent of the lowest South County Zone (Zone W-8) Municipal and Industrial rate. 

  Current charges 2022/2023 Proposed maximum charges 2023/2024*




Agricultural water



*Effective July 1, 2023

Related Files
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2023 North County Groundwater Mailer 11.88 MB