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Water Rates and Fees

RATE SCHEDULE: On June 25, 2024, the Aromas Water District Board of Directors adopted new rates and charges as recommended in the Water Rates and Water Capacity Charges Study.  These rates will be presented at a public meeting on August 27, 2024 at the Aromas School Cafeteria for possible acceptance.  If passed the rates will go into effect on October 1, 2024. This rate schedulewould then set the annual rate increases through June 30, 2029.

View the 2024 Water Rate Study


Ordinance 72 gives more details about rates (to be updated after the public hearing).

View Ordinance 72 with 2019 Exhibits


CURRENT RESIDENTIAL RATES: The rates below are valid from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Base Rate: The monthly "base" service fee for a regular (5/8”) line is $50.00 for each residence on a meter regardless of how much water is used. This base rate is a flat monthly fee that meets a portion of the fixed costs to provide service to any existing meter. These costs include inspection, maintenance, accounting, meter reading and billing services for a typical water connection and for fire suppression capacity.

Usage Rate: In addition to the base rate, customers will be charged the following for actual water used:

  • 0-699 cubic feet (cf):               $0.0537 per cf
  • 700-2000 cubic feet (cf):        $0.0906 per cf
  • 2001 cubic feet (cf) and up:    $0.1231 per cf

PVWMA fees:  You will also notice a small fee shown on your bill as “PVWMA.” Our wells lie within the Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency’s boundaries. We pay fees to PVWMA for all water pumped from the basin and the charge is currently 67 cents per 100 cubic feet. This "Augmentation Fee" funds implementation of their Basin Management Plan. To find out more about this fee, click on the PVWMA link here.