Your Dollars at Work

The City of San Diego's Public Utilities Department recognizes the importance of its responsibility with the money you pay for water and sewer service.

Between 85 and 90 percent of our drinking water has to be imported, and much of the money you pay on your Public Utilities bill goes toward the purchase of water. The Department treats and delivers approximately 173 million gallons of water each day. Water is an expensive resource that must be transported and properly treated to make sure it is safe and healthy, and meets all state and federal regulations.

The City of San Diego has a very complex water system, and the Public Utilities Department continues to look for ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency, including streamlining services and consistently reviewing our processes to make sure we are doing the best job possible.

Each year the Public Utilities Department's budget is analyzed in public City Council meetings and is available for public review. Also, the Independent Rates Oversight Committee holds monthly public meetings and advises the City regarding the department's management, expenditures and services. The Committee also assists in tracking and reviewing the use of rate proceeds to advance the infrastructure improvements.

For more detailed information, visit www.sandiego.gov/publicutilities/dollarsatwork.shtml.

Graphic of Fiscal Year 2014 Water O&M & Maintenance and Capital Improvement Project Budget