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2023 Rates

Beginning January 1, 2023, we will have changes to our rates. 

There are two main components to your water bill: service charge and quantity charge. The service charge, based on your meter size, is fixed and does not vary if you use more or less water. The quantity charge is variable and depends on the amount of water you use. You can find the most current water rates on our billing schedules.

Please note that the California Public Utilities Commission approves all rate changes.

2022 Rates

General Rate Case Year 1

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GRC Year 2 – January 2023

Beginning January 1, 2023, you will see a rate increase on your bill. This reflects the second year of our General Rate Case.

Interim Memo Account Surcharge

Typically, a General Rate Case is decided upon and new rates are effective January 1 of each year. SJW’s decision arrived late in 2022 — going into effect on November 1, 2022. The interim surcharge is a way to “catch up” for the authorized rates that were not collected from January-October 2022 bills. This is a temporary surcharge that will be in effect for 12 months beginning January 1, 2023. After this period, it will no longer be charged. The cost will be $4.85 per month for the average residential customer using 11 CCF. Advice Letter 585 provides more information.

CPUC Fee Decrease

This is listed on the bill as PUC Surcharge. In 1983, the Legislature established a Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fee to be paid by utilities to fund their regulation by the Commission. This surcharge has been decreased from 1.43% to 0.8% beginning January 1, 2023. This percentage is applied to the bill total.