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.
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.
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
$5.64 per unit
Government and Commercial
$5.70 per unit
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.
$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
$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
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.
Recovery of district installation costs
Monthy base charge
$5.70 per unit
When meter is removed, district will deduct these charges from deposit:
Final read and removal
Each meter relocation
Unauthorized meter relocation
Any unpaid water charges
Any repair and replacement costs
3/4 Inch Meter
$172 meter cost + $134 installation fee = $306
$219 meter cost + $134 installation fee = $353
$497 meter cost + $158 installation fee = $655
$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.
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.
3/4 inch meter
$6,842 Helix Water District
$5,448 San Diego County Water Authority
1 inch meter
$11, 403 Helix Water District
$8,717 San Diego County Water Authority
1.5 inch meter
$22,806 Helix Water District
$16,344 San Diego County Water Authority
2 inch meter
$36,489 Helix Water District
$28,329 San Diego County Water Authority
Note: the above fees do not include the installation cost of a water meter and service lateral.
City’s current fee
City’s current fee
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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