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Water Billing Rates

Water rates effective Jan. 1, 2022.

Single-Family Domestic Customers

The typical single-family domestic customer has a 3/4-inch meter (some larger homes may have a 1-inch meter). The total bill is a combination of the monthly meter base fee (which is based on the size of the meter) and the amount of water used. For billing purposes, the Public Utilities Department measures water used by hundred cubic feet (HCF). Each HCF equals 748.05 gallons.

The monthly charges for a typical single-family domestic customer are:

  • Base fee: $27.09
  • 0 - 4 HCF used are billed at $5.415 per HCF.
  • 5 - 12 HCF used are billed at $6.065 per HCF.
  • 13 - 18 HCF used are billed at $8.664 per HCF.
  • Each HCF used after the initial 18 HCF is billed at $12.183 per HCF.

Other Domestic Customers

The total bill for multi-family domestic customers is a combination of the monthly meter base fee (which is based on the size of the meter) and the amount of water used. These customers pay $6.553 per HCF. Please see the chart below to find the meter base fee.

Commercial and Industrial Customers

The total bill for Commercial and Industrial customers is a combination of the monthly meter base fee (which is based on the size of the meter) and the amount of water used. These customers pay $6.394 per HCF. Please see the chart below to find the meter base fee.

Temporary Construction 

The total bill for Temporary Construction is a combination of the monthly meter base fee (which is based on the size of the meter) and the amount of water used. These customers pay $7.173 per HCF. Please see the chart below to find the meter base fee.

Irrigation Customers

The total bill for Irrigation Customers is a combination of the monthly meter base fee (which is based on the size of the meter) and the amount of water used. These customers pay $7.383 per HCF. Please see the chart below to find the meter base fee.

Meter Base Fees

Meter Size Base Fee
5/8 inch $ 27.09
3/4 inch $ 27.09
1 inch $ 35.87
1.5 inch $ 55.97
2 inches $ 81.08
3 inches $ 140.09
4 inches $ 224.22
6 inches $ 432.65
8 inches $ 683.77
10 inches $ 977.57
12 inches $ 1,813.79
16 inches $ 3,153.50

IMPORTANT NOTE: Rates are per month.

Private Fire Line Fees

Meter Size Base Fee
1 inch $ 4.03
1.5 inch $ 4.03
2 inch $ 6.24
3 inch $ 24.17
4 inches $ 30.90
6 inches $ 45.64
8 inches $ 64.46
10 inches $ 83.27
12 inches $ 99.37
16 inches $ 161.13
20 inches $ 200.62

IMPORTANT NOTE: Rates are per month.

For questions or concerns, call the Public Utilities Department at 619-515-3500 or email customercare@sandiego.gov