Valley of the Moon Water District serving the Valley since 1962

 

Information on New Water Service Connections

To be eligible for a new water service connection, a property must front an existing water main capable of providing the degree of service requested while maintaining its ability to adequately serve the area. Should we determine that the property does not have frontage, as defined in the district's code, or that the structure to be served is more than 125 feet from a water main, or that the existing facilities are inadequate to provide the service requested, we will require a pipeline extension or upgrade.

In accordance with the district's rules and regulations, each structure to be served must have its own meter. Multiple units within one structure may be served through one meter; however, we recommend that a meter per unit be used wherever possible. We also recommend that irrigation of common landscape areas be achieved through a separate irrigation meter.

To apply for a new water service connection, the applicant must complete a water service application, submit a copy of the building permit, or use permit required to build or legalize the improvements for which water is being requested. The applicable charges must also be submitted at the time of application. If the local planning agency requires proof that water is available for a project, the district will provide a letter indicating the availability of water and the conditions that must be met to obtain a water service connection.

The district determines the size of the meter(s) required to serve a project by processing information provided by the applicant. In most cases, the information required to size a meter consists of an inventory of water-using fixtures, maximum irrigation demands, in gallons per minute (GPM), and fire flow requirements in GPM. 

Connection Charges – the charges related to a new water service connection –   are made up of four basic components:

  • Front Foot Charge
  • Meter Charge
  • Service Line Charge
  • Capacity Charge

The detailed information on these four charges and the current charges are given below.

Front Foot Charge

The front foot charge shall be $43 per linear foot of frontage on the existing main located in the street.  If the lot is bounded by more than one street with mains then, the front footage shall be the sum of the front foot distances on each main divided by the number of streets with mains.  If the lot is an irregular lot, such as a flag lot or inner lot the minimum front foot distance shall be 100 feet. The minimum front footage upon which the front foot charge is based shall be 100 feet.

Meter and Service Line Charge

For each meter and service line a fixed charges as shown in the following table:

Meter Size

Service Line Size

Meter Charge

Service Line Charge

Meter and Service Line Charge

5/8”

3/4”

$321

$3,912

$4,233

3/4”

3/4”

332

3,912

4,244

1”

1”

384

3,912

4,296

1-1/2”

1-1/2”

615

4,499

5,114

2”

2”

757

4,947

5,704

3"

3”

2,444

**

$2,444 plus service line

4”

4”

3,681

**

$3,681 plus service line

6”

6”

4,770

**

$4,770 plus service line

FSA

all sizes

*

**

*/**

FSA

Fire Service Assembly

*

To be estimated at time of application for service.  Applicant shall pay actual cost.

**

District to determine size and furnish meter.  Applicant to pay actual costs

Capacity Charge

The capacity charge shall be calculated in terms of the demand of an equivalent single family dwelling (ESD).  An ESD is defined as the water demand for the average day of the maximum month for a typical single family detached home served by the District.  The value of an ESD has been determined by the District to be 490 gallons per day.  Capacity charges for residential customers and commercial, institutional and industrial customers are calculated as shown below.  Note, if at any time a customer’s use exceeds the estimate used in determining the capacity charge, the District may require that the customer pay an additional capacity charge at the rate then in effect for each ESD of such excess.

Residential Customers

For residential customers, the capacity charge is calculated by multiplying the appropriate charge in the following table times the number of dwelling units in that category.

TYPE OF RESIDENTIAL DWELLING

Capacity Charge per dwelling unit

Single family dwellings

$10,172

Townhouses/condominiums, duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes

$8,138

Second Unit (additional dwelling on a parcel in undivided ownership)

$8,138

Mobile homes

$5,188

Apartment houses (5 or more dwelling units

$5,087

If the area of a residential dwelling is larger than 4,000 square feet or if the area to be irrigated (excluding drip irrigation area) is greater than 2,500 square feet, the capacity charge shall be calculated as set forth in Section 8-3(b)

Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Customers

For an application for service to a commercial, institutional or industrial customer, the District shall prepare an estimate of the quantity of water that will be required on the average day of the maximum month (gallons per day).  This value shall then be divided by 490 gallons per day and the result multiplied by $10,172 to determine the capacity charge.  The minimum capacity charge for commercial, institutional or industrial service shall be $10,172.  In the event the required design fire flow for a given application exceeds 1,000 gallons per minute, the capacity charge shall be increased by $641 per 100 gallons per minute of such excess.  In cases where only fire service is applied for, applicant shall pay a capacity charge of $641 per 100 gallons per minute of fire flow required.

Escalation of Charges

To account for devaluation of the dollar, escalation of charges are authorized and incorporated in the values shown in the Section as follows:

  • Applicable to Section 8-2 Charges: On July 1 of each year commencing with July 1, 1999, charges contained in Section 8-2 shall be escalated in proportion to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the State of California, Department of Industrial Relations, Division of labor and Statistics and Research and calculated for the City of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, all urban customers.  Resulting values shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollars.  Said escalation shall not be applied to Items 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23.
  • Applicable to Section 8-3 Charges: On July 1 of each year commencing with July 1, 2000, charges contained in Section 8-3 shall be escalated in proportion to the annual increase in the engineering News Record construction Cost Index (CCI) reported for each March in the engineering News Record magazine for the City of San Francisco.  Resulting values shall be rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

Each application for a water service connection applies only to the parcel of land for which it was applied and may not be transferred to any other parcel of land.  If you have a question about the calculation of charges for a new connection, please call our District Office at 707-996-1037.