How much does our water cost to import?

SMWD’s largest operating cost – about one-third of the budget – is purchasing imported drinking water.  As of 2022, SMWD pays $1,143 per acre-foot of drinking water (326,000 gallons) supplied by MWD. Unfortunately, SMWD has no direct control over MWD’s rates – which are based on statewide water availability and energy costs.  

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1. Where does our water come from?
2. What are the District's Water Conservation "rules"?
3. Who is the Metropolitan Water District?
4. How much does our water cost to import?
5. How does SMWD determine its water rates?
6. What are the current water and sewer rates?
7. How does the District's tiered rate structure work?
8. What can I do to lower my bill?
9. Why do I pay a power surcharge?
10. Does SMWD offer a low income rate?
11. Why does my tax bill show an increase in a SMWD improvement district bond levy?
12. What has SMWD done to reduce its dependency on imported water?
13. What is gray water? Can I use it?
14. What are the official rules and regulations concerning water, recycled water and wastewater service?