1. What is the capital cost recovery fee?
  2. Can I keep my well and use it?
  3. Do I have to exchange groundwater rights for a District meter?
  4. As a well user, do I need a backflow prevention assembly?
  5. If I’m currently on a shared well system, do the other property owners have to purchase a District meter too?
  6. What size meter do I need?
  7. Where will the meter be installed?
  8. What if there are no water mains near my property?
  9. Is there a limit to the amount of water I use?

 

1.  What is the capital cost recovery fee?
The capital cost recovery fee represents a "share" of the existing water distribution system and facilities which have been designed for a limited number of service connections. This system has been paid in part by the existing customer base. A capital cost fee is charged for additions to this system in order to have all customers equally invested, thereby ensuring proper maintenance and improvements.

 

2.  Can I keep my well and use it?
Yes. The termination of the water moratorium on October 7, 1997, allows for concurrent use of a private water source and District water on the same property, except for certain well exchange properties. The District meter can serve as the main or supplemental water supply. It may serve as an insurance policy in the event of an interruption to your private water supply. You will be charged for the water you use and a monthly service charge to maintain the District connection.

 

3.  Do I have to exchange groundwater rights for a District meter?
No. You no longer have to relinquish your groundwater rights in order to obtain District service.

 

4.  As a well user, do I need a backflow prevention assembly?
Yes. In order to prevent cross-connections, Federal and State regulations require that a backflow prevention assembly be installed on any property that has a public and private water supply, even if those two systems are not interconnected. The assembly must be installed at the District meter and the property owners are responsible for maintaining it in proper working condition.

 

5.  If I am currently on a shared well system, do the other property owners have to purchase a District meter too?
No. You can use District service and continue to use your shared well system without enlisting the participation of other property owners.

 

6.  What size meter do I need?
A meter evaluation form can be obtained from the District. The information you provide on the form will be reviewed by the Engineering staff to determine the appropriate meter size for your property and water usage. The staff will gladly assist you in the evaluation process.

 

7.  Where will the meter be installed?
The meter must be installed within the County right of way of a road containing a District water main or within the District's pipeline easement. It must be in an easily accessible location in order for the District to properly read and maintain the meter. Typically, this is near the road and/or other meters. District meters cannot be installed on your property.

 

8.  What if there are no water mains near my property?
The District Engineering staff can review your meter request to determine the feasibility for you to construct a water main extension at your own expense.

 

9.  Is there a limit to the amount of water I use?
Yes. The District is in a water shortage emergency. Please conserve!

 

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