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Water Rates and Fees

RATE SCHEDULE: On May 30, 2019, the Aromas Water District Board of Directors adopted new rates and charges as recommended in the Water Rates and Water Capacity Charges Study. This rate shedule sets the annual rate increases through June 30th 2024.

View the 2019 Study Results

Ordinance 72 gives more details about rates.

View Ordinance 72


CURRENT RESIDENTIAL RATES: The rates below are valid from October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.

Base Rate: Provided the Proposition 218 Ballot passes on July 23, 2019, the monthly "base" service fee for a regular (5/8”) line will be $40.60 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):               $0.0397 per cf
  • 700-2000 cubic feet (cf):        $0.0670 per cf
  • 2001 cubic feet (cf) and up:    $0.0910 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 57 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.