As the county's primary water wholesaler, Valley Water makes sure there is enough clean, safe water for homes and businesses. To finance this monumental task, Valley Water collects revenue, primarily from property taxes, well owners, agricultural water customers and water retailers, such as San Jose Water Company.
Most county residents do not pay a bill directly to the Santa Clara Valley Water District, instead they pay their local water retailers. The cost local residents pay the retailers, however, is affected by the cost to Valley Water of supplying that water.
Valley Water’s major costs include operations, debt service, capital improvements to the treatment and delivery system, and water purchases from outside the county.
To avoid large charge increases in any year, Valley Water develops 10-year projections so that charges can be increased gradually when needed.
- Each year Valley Water conducts a public review process to set water charges for the coming year. Information about the current process is here
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What are the current water charges?
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is a water wholesaler. The following charges reflect what water retailers and agricultural users pay for wholesale or well water.
The "2019 Protection and Augmentation of Water Supplies," or PAWS 2019 Report, presents the financial and water supply information that forms the basis for the fiscal year 2019-2020 wholesale water charges.
Water charges for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 (effective July 1, 2019)
|Type of Charge||Agricultural Water
| Zone W-5
(See a zone map)
|Surface Water 1|
|Zone W-2 Deliveries 2||$66.36||$1,411.50|
|Zone W-5 Deliveries 3||$66.36||$518.50|
|Minimum Charge--Zone W-2 4||$21.65||$1,030.50|
|Minimum Charge--Zone W-5 5||$21.65||$360.75|
1 Surface water charge is the sum of the basic user charge plus the water master charge.
2 Other Zone W-2 Deliveries = Basic User (AG or M&I @ $28.86/AF or $1,374/AF) + Water Master ($37.50/AF).
3 Other Zone W-5 Deliveries = Basic User (AG or M&I @ $28.86/AF or $481/AF) + Water Master ($37.50/AF).
4 Minimum Charge W-2 = 0.75 X Basic User W-2 (M&I @ $1,374/AF, Ag @ 28.86/AF).
5 Minimum Charge W-5 = 0.75 X Basic User W-5 (M&I @ $481/AF, Ag @ 28.86/AF).
6 Treated Water Charge is the sum of Basic User ($1,374/AF) and Treated Water Surcharge ($100/AF).
7 The charge for non-contract deliveries is the sum of the basic user charge ($1,374/AF) and the treated water surcharge for non-contract water ($200/AF) for usage greater than 100% of contract amount.
AF = acre feet
Ag = agricultural
Non-Ag = municipal and industrial