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Sewer Service Charge

The sewer service charge was established by the City Council in 1962 to pay for the operation and maintenance of the sewer collection system and sewage treatment. All residents connected to the City’s sewer system pay the service charge.

The City of Chula Vista has 3 user classes as follows:

Single-family Residential Rates

The single-family rate is based on winter water usage – an industry standard. This type of rate structure generally reflects the lowest amount of water consumption by all consumers. Readings are taken between November and April when most customers turn off their sprinklers and irrigation is at its yearly low.

For single-family customers, the monthly charge will be based on an average of their two lowest consecutive months within the defined period with a 90% rate of return and will remain the same for one year.

Multi-Family Residential & Commercial Rates

Rates for multi-family dwellings and commercial and industrial users are based on meter size, water usage and strength of effluent generated in order to comply with new state standards.

Definition of Commercial User Classifications

There are three classes of Commercial Users, based on strength of sewage generated:

  • High Strength (Greater than 500 mg / 1 SS)
  • Medium Strength (200 through 499 mg / 1 SS)
  • Low Strength (Less than 200 mg / 1 SS)

The strength of sewage is dependent on the level of Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) and Total Suspended Solids (SS) in the sewage. Sewage with higher BOD and SS levels requires more treatment and therefore has higher rates.

  • The High Strength user category is defined as commercial businesses that discharge high strength sewage. This user class includes restaurants, large full service supermarkets, and food processors (i.e., bakery, deli, and butcher). etc.
  • Medium Strength users are defined as commercial businesses that discharge medium strength wastewater, including delis, bakeries, coffee and sandwich shops, bars, auto repair facilities with wash racks, grocery stores, medical offices, photographers, and laundry facilities.
  • The Low Strength users category is defined as commercial businesses including offices, retail stores and schools.

Combined Sewer Rate Structure


Monthly Fixed Service
Charge
FY13-14
FY14-15
FY15-16
FY16-17
FY17-18
FY18-19
Single-Family $8.73
$9.67
$10.93
$12.32
$13.67
$15.23
All Others
 5/8" Meter
$8.03
$8.97
$10.23
$11.62
$12.97
$14.53
 3/4" Meter
$8.03
$8.97
$10.23
$11.62
$12.97
$14.53
 1" Meter
$13.38
$15.60
$18.48
$21.66
$24.72
$28.49
 1-1/2" Meter
$26.76
$26.64
$32.23
$38.41
$44.32
$51.77
 2" Meter
$42.81
$39.89
$48.72
$58.49
$67.82
$79.68
 3" Meter
$80.28
$75.23
$92.71
$112.07
$130.52
$154.15
 4" Meter
$133.79
$114.98
$142.20
$172.34
$201.05
$237.91
 6" Meter
$267.59
$225.40
$279.67
$339.76
$396.97
$470.61
 8" Meter
$428.14 $446.24
$554.61
$674.61
$788.83
$936.01

Volume Charge per Hundred Cubic Feet (hcf)
FY13-14
 FY14-15 FY15-16
FY16-17
FY17-18
FY18-19
Residential
 Single-Family $3.57 $3.86
$3.97
$4.07
$4.19
$4.26
 Multi-Family $3.63
$3.92
$4.03
$4.13
$4.25
$4.32
 Mobile Homes
$3.63 $3.92
$4.03
$4.13
$4.25
$4.32
Non-Residential
 Commercial - Low
$3.63
$3.92
$4.03
$4.13
$4.25
$4.32
 Commercial - Medium
$4.94
$5.46
$5.62
$5.79
$5.98
$6.08
 Commercial - High
$7.55
$8.60
$8.88
$9.17
$9.49
$9.65
 Special Users
Varies
Varies
Varies   Varies   Varies   Varies  

When Should I Receive My Bill?

  • Sweetwater Authority customers (Western Chula Vista) receive a bi-monthly bill from the City's Finance Department.
  • Otay Water District Customers (Eastern Chula Vista) are billed monthly through the Otay Water District.
  • Property Tax Bill customers (Southern Chula Vista) see a line item on their annual property tax bill.

Contact Us

Western Chula Vista
Bi-Monthly Sweetwater Authority Customers
Finance Department
(619) 691-5117
Eastern Chula Vista
Otay Water Customers
Wastewater Engineering
(619) 476-2350
Southern Chula Vista
Property Tax Bill Customers
Wastewater Engineering
(619) 476-2350

 

For general information please call (619) 476-2350 or to contact us by e-mail, click here.

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