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Christopher L. de Groot
Director of Water & Sewer Utilities

Email: Water & Sewer
Telephone: 408-615-2000
Fax: 408-247-0784

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Contact Us

Christopher L. de Groot
Director of Water & Sewer Utilities

Email: Water & Sewer
Telephone: 408-615-2000
Fax: 408-247-0784

OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday
8:00A - 5:00P

ADDRESS
1500 Warburton Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95050

Water, Sewer and Recycled Water Rates

The City of Santa Clara Water & Sewer Utilities is committed to maintaining critical infrastructure and complying with all applicable rules and regulations to deliver safe, dependable, and efficient water, sewer, and recycled water to our customers. The City strives to maintain the affordability of these services. Despite implementing various cost savings measures, the City needs to increase rates for these utilities in the upcoming fiscal year.

Water Rate Changes 

As of July 1, 2014, potable water rates increased by 12% from $3.39 per hundred cubic feet (hcf) to $3.80 per hcf. One hcf is equal to 748 gallons. The table below provides the minimum monthly charge based on size of the water meter. For more information, see the Water Rates page.

Water Meter Size

MINIMUM MONTHLY CHARGE starting
july 1, 2014
 

5/8 x 3/4 inch

         

                                 $11.85

 

1 inch

       

                                 $18.90

 

1 1/2 inch

       

                                 $34.35

 

2 inch

        

                                 $48.50

 

3 inch

     

                                $135.00

 

4 inch

     

                                $190.00

 

6 inch

      

                                $375.00

 

8 inch

      

                                $575.00

 

10 inch

      

                                $705.00

 

12 inch

     

                                $910.00

              

 

Recycled Water Rate Changes

As of July 1, 2014, recycled water rates increased by 12.7%. Irrigation customer rates increased from $2.05 per hcf to $2.31 per hcf. Industrial customer rates increased from $1.69 per hcf to $1.95 per hcf. For more information, see the Recycled Water Rates page.

Sewer Rate Changes

Residential Monthly Sewer Charges 
As of July 1, 2014, the residential monthly sewer charge increased from $33.00 per month to $34.65 per month. 

Changes in Commercial and Industrial Rates
Commercial and industrial rates for monthly sewer charges were also increased. The change for each rate is dependent on the customer type. The sewer rates for the various customer types can be found on the Sewer Rates page.

Reasons for Increases in Monthly Sewer Charges

  • Wastewater Treatment Capital Projects: up to $1 billion over the next 5 years.  Santa Clara has the obligation for $40.3 million in the next 5 years 
  • Critical sewer replacement and capacity projects within the City total $24.12 million over the next 5 years.
  • Capital Reserves are insufficient for needed projects. 

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Last updated: 7/9/2014 4:10:11 PM