The following Rules and Regulations were adopted by the Board of Directors of the La Cañada Irrigation District on March 16, 1926, and are routinely amended pursuant to the provisions of the California Irrigation District Act.
Under these provisions, the District is authorized to enforce, amend and revise its Rules and Regulations in order to ensure the orderly, efficient, and equitable distribution, use and conservation of the water resources of the District.
*The Rules and Regulations were last amended on May 1, 2018.
The charges for supplying water in the District are calculated from the date of installation and turn-on of a meter, or on the date of transfer of an existing account. Meters are read bi-monthly (every two months).
Water is measured in units of 100 cubic feet each and charges are calculated as per the following current rates:
2024-2028 Water Costs of Service Rate Study
Regular rate studies are critical to the healthy operation of District operations and are ideally conducted every 3-5 years. Utility systems must keep up with rising costs and be able to implement critical capital projects that are mandated or necessary for the health and safety of our customers.
Performed regularly, water rate studies provide transparency into what the District can expect in the years ahead and ensure we have the financial resources to meet our budget, maintain our infrastructure, manage system capacity for growth, implement new technologies, address existing and new state and federal regulations, and implement our Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Other elements of rate studies include the development of a reserve policy that considers the different types of risks we face, including emergency repairs, future drought conditions, and increased imported water costs, and ensures revenue stability while maintaining affordability and communicating the intention of conservation.
This process was last performed by the District in 2018, culminating in the 2018-2022 5-year rate structure. At the time, the process was scheduled to be repeated in 2022 for the next 5-year period. However, in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the LCID Board of Directors paused Rate implementation a full year in 2020, and rescheduled the follow up study for 2023.
Raftelis Financial Consultants and District staff have been working diligently on a series of steps involving data evaluation and technical analyses to derive customer rates while considering customer impacts of any rate modifications. The goal of the rates study is to ensure that the rates customers pay for water services are:
- Fair, equitable, and aligned with community values and priorities
- Sufficient to ensure the continued financial viability of District operations
- Sufficient to enable critical maintenance and infrastructure investment to continue high levels of service while complying with ever more stringent regulatory requirements
- Aligned with best practices and in accordance with state law
The public is encouraged to follow the rates study process and learn more about your water services. To help you learn more about setting legal rates in California, how rates are determined, and how the rates you pay are an investment in our critical infrastructure, we have provided helpful FAQs and the video links below.
CURRENT TIER COMMODITY RATE SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE FEB 1, 2023
1-14 units @ $4.06 per unit $4.35 per Unit
15-70 units @ $5.15 per unit $5.52 per Unit
Over 70 units @ $5.75 per unit $6.16 per Unit
Monthly service charges are calculated by meter size as per the following current rates:
CURRENT METER BASE SERVICE CHARGE / MONTHLY
3″ – $407.49
2″ – $191.19
1½” – $122.90
1″ – $65.98
5/8″-3/4″ – $31.83