Rates and Fees

Helix’s rates and fees are set annually to recover the budgeted cost of serving our customers. The video below explains what’s included in that cost, and what your water bill pays for. Please note, the rates and fees shown are effective on bills mailed on or after January 1, 2020 (for water use on or after November 1, 2019).

Video / Water rates provide funding for importing water and operating and maintaining our infrastructure.

Commodity Charge

The commodity charge is a fee for each unit of water a customer uses, and it pays for purchasing water from the San Diego County Water Authority, the treatment process, energy to pump water and other volume-based costs. One unit of water is 748 gallons. Rates include the San Diego County Water Authority’s wholesale water rate increase.

 

Residential

0-14 Units of Water
$4.98 per unit 

15-34 Units of Water
$5.82 per unit 

35+ Units of Water
$7.24 per unit

Multi-Family

$5.64 per unit 

Government and Commercial

$5.70 per unit 

Irrigation

Up to 100% of Budget
$5.82 per unit 

101%+ of Budget
$7.24 per unit 

Water Budget Policy & Calculations

2-Month Base Charge

Customers pay a base charge every two months whether or not water is used, because the base charge pays for fixed costs like customer service, engineering and construction, and debt service. The fee is prorated on a daily basis on a customer’s first and final bills.

Water Service

$50.48 for a 5/8 inch meter
$50.48 for a 3/4 inch meter
$73.77 for a 1-inch meter
$131.97 for a 1.5-inch meter
$201.79 for a 2-inch meter
$422.95 for a 3-inch meter
$748.86 for a 4-inch meter
$1,528.72 for a 6-inch meter
$3,274.65 for a 8-inch meter

 

Fire Service

$10.26 for a 3/4 inch lateral
$13.68 for a 1-inch lateral
$27.35 for a 2-inch lateral
$54.70 for a 4-inch lateral
$82.04 for a 6-inch lateral
$109.39 for an 8-inch lateral
$136.74 for a 10-inch lateral

Service Charges

Fee updates for 2020 are shown below.

$36.00 for returned payments
$28.00 for a service call
$50.00 for a same-day service call
$16.00 for a 48-hour notice
$28.00 for a meter shutoff
$28.00 for a meter unlock
$144.00 for an after-hours meter unlock
$120.00 for a meter reinstatement
$152.00 for a backflow noncompliance shutoff
$156.00 for metered, unauthorized water use

Construction and Development Charges

Go to Helix’s Planning and Development Services webpage for construction and development fees.

Temporary Meter

$2,884.00
Deposit
$177.00
Recovery of district installation costs
$211.48
Monthy base charge
$5.70 per unit 

When meter is removed, district will deduct these charges from deposit:

$90.00
Final read and removal
$177.00
Each meter relocation
$214.00
Unauthorized meter relocation

Any unpaid water charges
Any repair and replacement costs

Meter Installation

3/4 Inch Meter
$172 meter cost + $134 installation fee = $306

1-Inch Meter
$219 meter cost + $134 installation fee = $353

1.5-Inch Meter
$497 meter cost + $158 installation fee = $655

2-Inch Meter
$707 meter cost + $158 installation fee = $865

District will recover all costs, and will collect a deposit to cover all costs.

When meter size decreases on existing lateral, fees are based on reduced size.

When meter size increases on existing lateral, fees are based on increased size, and the applicable increase in Helix capacity fees and San Diego County Water Authority charges are due.

Lateral Installation

1-Inch and 2-Inch Meters
The district will provide an estimate in advance for recovering the actual cost of the installation, abandonment and/or relocation of laterals.

Capacity Fees

3/4 inch meter 
$6,842     Helix Water District
$5,448     San Diego County Water Authority
$12,290   Total

1 inch meter 
$11, 403   Helix Water District
$8,717      San Diego County Water Authority
$20,120   Total

1.5 inch meter
$22,806  Helix Water District
$16,344   San Diego County Water Authority
$39,150   Total

2 inch meter 
$36,489  Helix Water District
$28,329  San Diego County Water Authority
$64,818  Total

Note: the above fees do not include the installation cost of a water meter and service lateral.

 

Encroachment Permits

La Mesa
City’s current fee

Lemon Grove
City’s current fee

El Cajon
Fee based on city’s annual average of actual costs

County of San Diego
Fee based on county’s annual average of actual costs

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