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The Capacity Fee is based on projected water use in gallons per day (GPD).
All Capacity Fees must follow Government Code section 66000, commonly known as the “Mitigation Fee Act.” The fee is determined in the 2021 Water Capacity Fee Report (Capacity Study) by dividing the total net assets of the Authority’s system by the quantity of equivalent dwelling units (EDUs). The Capacity Study lists the value of total assets, minus debt service, as $280,878,078. This number is divided by 51,178, the number of EDUs in Sweetwater Authority, for a value of $5,490 per EDU.
The Capacity Fee last changed in July 2021 and was decreased based on updated fees developed in the 2021 Water Capacity Fee Report.
An Equivalent Dwelling Unit, or EDU, is a unit that relates all residential, commercial, and industrial water use to a typical single-family residential unit.
A table showing the average use in the service area at the time the last Capacity Fee study was completed (2021) is presented below.
The current Capacity Fee for a single-family residence is $5,490.
An ADU added to the site of an existing or proposed single-family dwelling shall be charged an Authority capacity fee that is proportional to the burden of the proposed ADU based upon the number of its fixture units.
The Capacity Fee for the accessory dwelling unit will be proportional to the burden of the proposed ADU based upon the number of its fixture units unless it meets any of the exemptions listed in the Authority’ Rates and Rules.
Yes. The plumbing fixture unit count is necessary to verify service lateral and meter sizes.
The Capacity Fee will be $5,490 x 56% x 10 EDUs = $30,744.
The Capacity Fee will be $5,490 x 56% x 4 EDUs = $12,298 for the 4 units, $5,490 for the irrigation service, less a credit of $5,490 for the existing dwelling unit, which will be reclassified as an irrigation meter. The total Capacity Fee will therefore be $12,298.
There is no Capacity Fee. The Capacity Fee only applies to new demand on the water system.
The projected demand (in gallons per day) as provided by the owner/developer is divided by 297 gallons per day to establish the number of equivalent dwelling units (EDUs). The resulting number of EDUs is then multiplied by the base Capacity Fee of $5,490 to determine the total Capacity Fee for the projected demand. In the absence of a projected demand, the Authority can use historical data to estimate demand based on water use type.
Sweetwater Authority takes pride in consistently delivering water that not only meets, but exceeds federal and state water quality standards. Occasionally, however, certain occurrences within the Authority’s water sources or distribution system can affect water color, taste and odor.
In most cases, yes. If water appears brown or yellow, it usually means a change in water flow has caused some of the naturally-occurring mineral sediments (mainly iron and manganese) which may accumulate inside of the pipeline, to get stirred up or break free. Inside your home, you may also notice an accumulation of mineral sediment in your toilets over time.
When a slight yellow/greenish tint is observed when filling a white sink or bathtub, but is not apparent in a glass of water, the observed tint may be due to naturally occurring color from Sweetwater Reservoir. Our water treatment processes are able to remove most, but not all natural color from the water.
If the water has an unusual color (not described above), please do not drink or use the water. Call 619-420-1413 for emergency assistance. There may be a chemical backflow in your water service.
Try running the water at an outside hose bib for several minutes to flush the line between your meter and house. Once the water has cleared entering your home, the next step is to run the faucets inside your home for several minutes to remove any remaining discolored water.
We recommend monitoring water quality (color) prior to starting laundry to avoid potential stains. If your laundry has been stained as a result of discolored water please contact us at 619-420-1413 for further assistance.
Cloudy water is usually caused by air trapped in the water lines. Pour water into a pitcher or glass, and let sit for a few minutes. The water should become clear. If it does, the water is safe for all uses.
There are two common reasons for water to taste or smell unusual. One is from chlorine, used to kill germs in the water, and the other is from algae, which commonly grows in surface water reservoirs, including Sweetwater Reservoir. Algae occurrences are seasonal and usually happen during warm summer months. Taste and odors caused by algae are typically described as grassy, musty and earthy.
If the water has a "chemical" smell, or if it smells like sewage, it could indicate a dangerous backflow condition. Do not drink or use the water. Call 619-420-1413 for emergency assistance.
Each newly constructed multiunit residential structure or newly constructed mixed-use residential and commercial structure for which an application for a water connection, or more than one connection, is submitted to the Authority, shall measure the quantity of water supplied to each individual residential dwelling unit. California State Senate Bill SB-7 states such measurements are a condition of new water service. The measurement may be by individual water meters or submeters. The owner of the structure shall install individual meters or submeters that comply with all laws and regulations governing the approval of meter types or the installation, maintenance, reading, billing, and testing of meters, including, but not limited to, the California Plumbing Code and California Water Code.
Jurisdictional plan review provides the Authority the ability to:
Also see question #3 below.
Sweetwater Authority water meter sizing is based on the Authority Design Standards, CA Plumbing Code, and the National Fire Protection Association, if applicable. Therefore, to confirm compliance with these Standards, the Authority inspects the sizing of the private pipeline to ensure water capacity and minimum water pressure is provided for the service.
Properly sized private water supply pipelines provide:
Sweetwater Authority's Rates and Rules indicates no person shall connect a service lateral or other pipe to any Authority water main, meter, or lateral, or change the type of use of the water meter, or implement a “material change” (e.g. Building Permit, sub-division of parcel, change in use, tenant improvement, etc.) without filing an application for water service and provide copies of any city or county approved grading plans, including but not limited to, local fire protection agency flow requirements, site plans, floor plans, plumbing plan including total fixture-unit count and proposed water demands in gallons per day.
Also see question question #1 above.
Yes. You must notify Sweetwater Authority of a connection to its distribution system, change of water meter use, or “Material Change” to your existing water service (e.g. Building Permit, sub-division of parcel, change in use, tenant improvements).
Owners and applicants are required to adhere to the Authority’s Rates and Rules. Non-compliance with the Authority’s Rates and Rules could result in denial or discontinuance of water service.
Sweetwater Authority Standards requires each water service to include a corporation stop (valve) at the water main connection, and an angle stop (valve) at the meter connection point, and a consumer ball valve (newer installation) post meter connection. The placement of the corporation stop and angle stop allows the Authority to maintain its facilities, while the post meter ball valve permits the owner to operate their water supply. A connection to an existing service lateral, or post meter location would not allow the Authority to isolate a service, say for repair, without affecting more than one water service.
Per California code of Regulations Titles 17 and 22, Sweetwater Authority is required to protect the public water supply from contamination by implementation of a cross-connection control program.
Sweetwater Authority, a public agency that provides drinking water residents of Chula Vista, National City and Bonita, owns and operates Sweetwater Reservoir and the fishing prorgram. California’s Department of Fish and Game inspects the facility to assure anglers have fishing licenses and follow state rules and regulations.