Fee Sustainability - Background and History
Water and wastewater connection fees are set via ordinances and resolutions, approved by Western’s Board of Directors. Connection fees for water and wastewater are required to ensure that new users pay their fair share and that costs for existing and new facilities are adequately recovered.
Western has extensive water distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems that have been built over the years since Western was formed in 1954. Western distributes potable water for domestic use (e.g. drinking and bathing) and recycled water for irrigation use to roughly 25,000 customers. Western also collects and treats wastewater from residential, commercial and industrial customers. Western directly serves the communities of the city of Riverside, unincorporated areas of Riverside County, the city of Murrieta, March Air Reserve Base and the Rainbow community. Western also delivers wholesale water to the cities of Corona, Norco and Riverside; Box Springs Mutual Water Company; Eagle Valley Mutual Water Company; Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District; Temescal Valley Water District; and Rancho California Water District.
Western is a special district organized under the State of California’s Municipal Water District Act of 1911. As such, Western’s fees and rates are set by its elected Board of Directors and are set such that they’re equitable, distributing the cost to construct and maintain the system in accordance with use and benefit. The fees and rates have a direct nexus to actual cost and do not include profit.
Water connection fees are calculated to cover costs for the construction of improvements to bring water service from the existing distribution system to the residence or business. If the existing pipeline is in the street in front of the lot to receive service, then the fee will cover the cost of tapping the pipeline, extending the service lateral across the street, placing a new water meter and any applicable paving restoration fees.