Water

Public Hearing

The Western Municipal Water District (Western) Board of Directors will conduct a Public Hearing to consider a proposed schedule of increases to the rates our agency will charge for water service over the next three years.

In March of this year, we had scheduled a Public Hearing; it was canceled by the Board of Directors. The reason for canceling the rate hearing was so that our agency could have time to finalize a long-term, local water agreement with the City of Riverside. That historic deal was confirmed May 16 and the rate calculations for the Riverside Service Area were redone to include more local water, which resulted in lower proposed rates.

Western is now moving forward with recalculated proposed rates with a Public Hearing set for Oct. 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. at Western’s office location, 14205 Meridian Parkway in Riverside.

A notice has been sent to the owners of property upon which the water rates and service charges are proposed for imposition and any tenants directly liable for the payment of the proposed water rates and service charges (i.e., customers of record who are not property owners). The proposed rates will be applicable to all parcels that receive water service from Western (see Proposed Rates section below).
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How To Participate 

Western Municipal Water District welcomes your participation as our Board of Directors considers the increases explained in the Public Hearing Notice (see Proposed Rates Section below). If you have any questions or comments about the proposed rates, you can:

  • Attend a Town Hall Meeting. Western will be hosting two Town Hall meetings for members of the public to ask questions and learn more about the need for the proposed rates and the cost of providing water service. The first Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Sept 20, 2017 at 6 p.m., at Western’s office location, 14205 Meridian Parkway in Riverside. The second Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., at the Murrieta City Council Chambers, 1 Town Square in Murrieta. 
  • Visit, call or email. The Cost of Service study, the proposed Resolution, and proposed rates are available for review at the Western Municipal Water District office, or at the links below. You can also call Western at 951.571.7104, or email us at outreach@wmwd.com with any questions.
  • Write. Any record owner of a parcel upon which the water service charges are proposed to be imposed and any tenant directly liable for the payment of water service charges (i.e., a customer of record who is not a property owner) may submit a written protest to the proposed water rates and service charges; however, only one protest will be counted per identified parcel. Any written protest must: (1) state that the identified property owner or tenant is opposed to the proposed water rates; (2) provide the location of the identified parcel (by street address, assessor’s parcel number, or customer account number); and (3) include the name and signature of the property owner or tenant submitting the protest. Written protests may be mailed or delivered in-person to Western Municipal Water District, Attention: Secretary of the Board, 14205 Meridian Parkway, Riverside CA 92518. Protests submitted by email or other electronic means do not count as formal written protests. All written protests must be received prior to the conclusion of the Public Hearing.
  • Attend the Public Hearing. Members of the public are welcome to attend the Public Hearing regarding the proposed rates. The hearing will take place on Oct. 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Western Municipal Water District Board Room, 14205 Meridian Parkway, Riverside CA 92518. At the Public Hearing, members of the public will have an opportunity to speak, but verbal comments alone do not qualify as a formal protest. 
  • Public Hearing process. At the time of the Public Hearing, the Board of Directors will hear and consider all written protests and public comments. After the hearing, if a majority of the property owners of parcels upon which the water service charges are proposed to be imposed or tenants directly liable for the payment of water service charges submit written protests in opposition to the proposed rates, the rates will not be imposed. If a majority protest is not received, Western’s Board of Directors may adopt the proposed rates and charges, though they are not obligated to. If adopted, the proposed rates will be applied to all water services billed on or after Jan. 1, 2018, Jan. 1, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020. 

Proposed Rates: Information For Each Service Area

Riverside Potable Service Area
Riverside Nonpotable Service Area
March East Service Area
Murrieta Service Area
Rainbow Service Area
IAWP Agricultural Service Area
Non IAWP Agricultural Service Area 

Cost of Service Studies

Riverside Service Area (Including March East and Rainbow Service Areas)
Murrieta Service Area

Supplemental Rates Information

Power Zones Map This shows the geographic boundaries for the Pumping Charge.

Retail Water Rates Presentation After a series of Board workshops, on August 2 the Board of Directors met and set a public hearing for October 4 to consider the proposed water rates. The staff presentation made to the Board on August 2 is available here and provides an overview of the proposed rates, including the cost drivers for the rates and proposed water budget structural changes.

Resolution 2974 Resolution to be considered for adoption by the Board of Directors after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. 

Water Budget Rate Structure

The Water Budget Rates webpage has full details about the water budget rate structure.