Coastal water districts, like South Coast Water District (SCWD), generally have higher water and sewer rates than inland districts due to issues such as environmental risks, proximity to wildfire fringe areas, older water/wastewater systems, increased corrosion from salt air, challenging topography, and the lack of lower-cost, local groundwater supplies. SCWD imports nearly all of its water from Northern California through the State Water Project and the Colorado River Aqueduct, the District is subject to the increasing cost of imported water. As we continue to address additional challenges posed by aging infrastructure and climate change, sustained and proactive investments to protect and maintain our systems are critical. That is why SCWD works hard to ensure safe, reliable, and high-quality water and comprehensive wastewater collection and treatment services to protect public health and the environment while keeping rate adjustments reasonable.
There were several periods of time (from 1993 to 2001; 2002 to 2004; 2007 to 2009; 2010 to 2011; and 2013 to 2014) when there were no SCWD rate increases. In recent years, SCWD has worked diligently to bring rates in line with the increasing cost of imported water, maintaining aging infrastructure. There is a significant need to rehabilitate the wastewater treatment facilities that serve all South Orange County, and planning and investing in capital projects to keep our systems up to date. Rate adjustments are inevitable in the water/wastewater industry to ensure a safe, reliable, and high-quality water supply and wastewater services for the communities we serve.
View the 218 Notice.
March 30, 2021, Rate Workshop
April 8 Rate Workshop
April 19 Rate Workshop
April 27 Rate Workshop
Virtual Presentation June 17, 2021.