2017 Rates and Fees

Apply to water bills mailed after January 1, 2017

Quick Reference: 2017 Rates & Fees

Meter Fees

The meter fee recovers all of the costs associated with customer service, fire protection and a portion of Helix’s costs for infrastructure and debt service costs. These are fixed costs, which is why the meter fee appears on water bills even when water is not used. Please note that most homes have a 5/8 inch or 3/4 inch meter. The amount shown is for two months, and is prorated on a daily basis on a customer’s first and final bills.

$47.07
5/8 inch meter

$47.07
3/4 inch meter

$68.79
1 inch meter

$123.07
1 1/2 inch meter

$188.20
2 inch meter

$394.47
3 inch meter

$698.44
4 inch meter

$1,425.82
6 inch meter

$3,054.26
8 inch meter

Commodity Rates

The commodity rate is a fee for each unit of water use, and it pays for purchasing the water from the San Diego County Water Authority, the treatment process, the energy to pump the water and other volume-based costs. Rates are shown for water bills mailed on or after January 1, 2017 and March 1, 2017, when an increase in the San Diego County Water Authority’s wholesale water rate becomes effective.

1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons

Single Family Homes

Domestic users pay a progressively higher rate as their water use increases.  The first 10 units of water are the least expensive because most homes use up to 10 units for essential indoor use.

0-14 units of water use
$4.01 per unit   (1/1/17)
$4.42 per unit   (3/1/17)

15-34 units of water use
$4.80 per unit  (1/1/17)
$5.21 per unit   (3/1/17)

35+ units of water use
$6.12 per unit  (1/1/17)
$6.53 per unit   (3/1/17)

Multi-Family Homes

Multi-family properties have a single-tier, uniform rate structure.

All water use
$4.63 per unit   (1/1/17)
$5.04 per unit   (3/1/17)

Commercial and Government

Commercial and government customers have a single-tier, uniform rate structure.

All water use
$4.68 per unit   (1/1/17)
$5.09 per unit   (3/1/17)

Irrigation

Irrigation customers are billed monthly, and must comply with a monthly water budget: the amount of water needed to irrigate efficiently based on square footage, plant type, sprinkler type and weather conditions.

How Water Budgets Are Calculated

For water use up to 100% of budget
$4.80 per unit   (1/1/17)
$5.21 per unit    (3/1/17)

For water use exceeding budget
$6.12 per unit   (1/1/17)
$6.53 per unit    (3/1/17)

Temporary Meters

Temporary water meters are available for construction and other purposes. Temporary meter customers will receive a monthly bill and pay the following rates and fees.  FAQs-Temporary Meters

 

 

Deposit
$2,750.00    

Each installation and relocation
$168.00          

Monthly meter fee (1/2 of the 3-inch base charge)
$197.24           

Commodity rate
$4.68 per unit   (1/1/17)
$5.09 per unit   (3/1/17)

Removal (plus unpaid rates, fees, damages)
$80.00

Fire Service Laterals

Fire protection laterals are not metered.

Bi-monthly fee per lateral size

3/4″
$9.57

1″
$12.76

2″
25.51

4″
51.02

6″
$76.53

8″
$102.04

10″
$127.55

Converting Units to Gallons

Based on the current average water use of Helix customers,  one unit of water is enough water for one person for approximately one week.

Service Fees

$29
Customer payment
returned by bank

$25
Service call
requested by customer

$44
Same day
service call fee

$44
Turn off meter
due to nonpayment

$155
Turn on meter
after hours

$56
Unauthorized
use of metered water

$108
Installation of new meter
on existing lateral

$111
Turn off for backflow
noncompliance

Meter and Lateral Installation

Meter Installation

3/4 inch meter
$140 meter + $116 installation = $256

1 inch meter
$223 meter + $116 installation = $339

1 1/2 inch meter
$497 meter + $137 installation = $634

2 inch meter
$731 meter + $137 installation = $868

Helix will be reimbursed  the actual cost of installation, abandonment and/or relocation of meters and laterals. A deposit based upon a field estimate will be collected to cover the costs of the work.

Installing a smaller meter on an existing lateral is allowed upon payment of the meter installation fee for the requested meter size. Installing a larger meter on an existing lateral requires payment of the meter installation fee for the requested meter size and the difference between the Helix capacity fees on the old and new meters. Credit for the capacity fee on an existing meter is limited to one new meter.

Lateral Installation

Helix must be reimbursed for the actual cost of the installation, abandonment and/or relocation of laterals and meters.

Fire Hydrants and Fire Service Laterals

Hydrants and laterals installed by Helix crews are billed at the actual cost of installation.

Capacity Fees

Payment of current Helix and San Diego County Water Authority capacity fees is required.

Encroachment Permits

A fee is collected for encroachment permits issued to Helix by other agencies.

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