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Sewer Billing Rates

Each customer's City of San Diego sewer rate is made up of two parts.

The first part is the fixed monthly service charge (Base Fee). This fee is based on your customer class.

The second component of the sewer rate is the Sewer Service Charge, which is based on the amount and strength of the wastewater you discharge to the sewer system.

For an explanation of how the Sewer Service Charge is determined for single-family residential customers, please visit our Winter Monitoring information page. For multi-family customers, the Sewer Service Charge is determined each month based upon a percentage of how much water is used.

Sewer charges vary by customer class and have been developed to ensure that each class pays its proportionate share of operating, maintaining, repairing and upgrading the sewer system.

Current Wastewater Service Charges

To view current wastewater service charges, please review the information below your customer class:

Single-Family Residential Customer

  3/1/12 Rate
Base Sewer Fee for Two Months $30.66
Sewer (rate per HCF*) $3.5983
New Customer Fee: Base + Sewer ** $95.43
Maximum Fee: Base + Sewer (fee capped at 20 HCF/month) $174.59

* HCF (One Hundred Cubic Feet) = 748 Gallons.

** The "New Customer Fee" is charged to single-family residential customers that have not established a winter month's water-use history in their current place of residence. It is based on the average single-family residential usage of 9 HCF/month.

 

Multi-Family Residential Customer

  3/1/12 Rate*
Base Sewer Fee $15.33
Sewer $5.0276 per HCF**

* Rate is based on 95% of total water use on a month to month basis

** HCF (One Hundred Cubic Feet) = 748 Gallons.

 

Commercial / Industrial Customer

  3/1/12 Rate*
Base Fee $/month $15.33
Flow $/HCF WW ** $3.7672
TSS $/lb $0.5517
COD $/lb $0.2242

* Rate reflects percentage of metered water use returned to sewer and pollutant loading based on national estimates of wastewater generation by businesses in the same Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code as the business served. Where facility-specific values have been measured, they are used.

** HCF (One Hundred Cubic Feet) = 748 Gallons.

 

City-metered Sewage Flows, Imported Flows and Hauled Waste

  3/1/12 Rate*
Flow $/HCF WW** $3.8996
TSS $/lb $0.5710
COD $/lb $0.2321

* Rate applicable to contract customers and hauled waste customers. Base fee is included in rates above and not charged separately; cost to serve is based on metered wastewater flows and actual strengths.

** HCF (One Hundred Cubic Feet) = 748 Gallons.

 

Hauled Waste Rates / 1000 gallons

Rates/1000 gallons developed using the above unit rates plus regulatory oversight factor.

  3/1/12 Rate
Domestic Wastes $78.66
Industrial Wastes $16.65

Sludge: Sludge is billed at the industrial rate plus a separate strength surcharge.

 

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