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 or after March 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. March 1, 2019 rates include the San Diego County Water Authority’s wholesale water rate increase.
0-14 Units of Water
$4.82 per unit
15-34 Units of Water
$5.65 per unit
35+ Units of Water
$7.03 per unit
$5.47 per unit
Government and Commercial
$5.53 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.
$49.32 for a 5/8 inch meter
$49.32 for a 3/4 inch meter
$72.08 for a 1-inch meter
$128.95 for a 1.5-inch meter
$197.19 for a 2-inch meter
$413.29 for a 3-inch meter
$731.75 for a 4-inch meter
$1,493.81 for a 6-inch meter
$3,199.88 for a 8-inch meter
$10.03 for a 3/4 inch lateral
$13.37 for a 1-inch lateral
$26.73 for a 2-inch lateral
$53.45 for a 4-inch lateral
$80.17 for a 6-inch lateral
$106.89 for an 8-inch lateral
$133.62 for a 10-inch lateral
$26.00 for a service call
$47.00 for a same-day service call
$33.00 for returned payments
$47.00 for water meter shutoff
$114.00 for water meter reinstatement
$164.00 for after-hours water meter unlock
$144.00 for shutoff for backflow noncompliance
$56.00 for metered, unauthorized water use
Construction and Development Charges
Go to Section 2.12 of Helix’s Policies and Procedures Manual for a schedule of construction and development fees.
Recovery of district installation costs
Monthy base charge
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
$143 meter cost + $120 installation fee = $263
$199 meter cost + $120 installation fee = $319
$505 meter cost + $143 installation fee = $648
$726 meter cost + $143 installation fee = $869
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 / 1.00 hydraulic capacity factor
1-inch meter / 1.67 hydraulic capacity factor
1.5-inch meter / 3.33 hydraulic capacity factor
2-inch meter / 5.33 hydraulic capacity factor
3-inch meter / 10.00 hydraulic capacity factor
4-inch meter / 16.67 hydraulic capacity factor
6-inch meter / 33.33 hydraulic capacity factor
8-inch meter / 53.33 hydraulic capacity factor
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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