Billing and Fees
Rates, Charges, and Billing Information
Adjustments to OMWD’s water service charges were approved at the February 16, 2022 board meeting. New charges become effective on August 17, 2022. OMWD does not offer any discounted rate programs at this time. An increase to OMWD’s monthly charge to monitor backflow prevention devices was approved at the October 13, 2021 board meeting.
Sewer (Wastewater) Rates
OMWD provides sewer collection and treatment services to 4S Ranch, Rancho Cielo, and a portion of the City of San Diego (Black Mountain Ranch East Cluster and Santaluz). Sewer service fees are collected on each property owner’s tax bill on an annual basis. Sewer bills are due and payable in April and December of each year, at the same time that a property owner’s tax bill is due to the San Diego County Tax Assessor’s Office.
Sewer service to other OMWD water customers may be provided by City of Escondido, Encina Wastewater Authority, Fairbanks Ranch Community Services District, Leucadia Wastewater District, Rancho Santa Fe CSD, San Elijo Joint Powers Authority, or Whispering Palms CSD.
Water Capacity Fees
This is a one-time connection fee paid by developers to OMWD in order to connect to our water system. These fees are used to fund necessary capital expansion, replacement, and betterment projects. Current fees were adopted at the August 18, 2021 board meeting after a public hearing on July 14, 2021, and became effective on January 1, 2022.
Agricultural Water Program
This program was established by OMWD more than 35 years ago to support and promote the agricultural producers in OMWD’s service area. The agricultural water rate is available only to those who meet minimum program criteria:
- Agricultural customers must grow or raise, for commercial purposes, products of an agricultural, horticultural, or floricultural nature. To verify that eligibility, customers must be included on one of the following four lists that are maintained by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board or the County of San Diego: 1) General Agricultural Orders Enrollment List; 2) Growers List; 3) Active Certified Producers List; or 4) Organic Producers List.
- Have proof of an approved backflow prevention device and current test results, or a completed cross connection questionnaire if there is currently not a backflow device on the property. For more information, please visit our backflow page.
Payments not received by the close of business on the tenth business day following the payment due date for balances exceeding $25.00 will be considered delinquent and will be subject to a 5% delinquent penalty. At least 15 days prior to discontinuance of service due to non-payment of water bills, OMWD will mail delinquent notices to customers with past due balances of greater than $25.00.
Customers with unpaid balances 35 business days past the due date will receive a disconnection notice and will be assessed a fee. OMWD customer service representatives will attempt to contact all delinquent customers within 24 hours of scheduled water service shut-offs. The annual number of discontinuations of residential service for inability to pay in 2021 was 0.
Customers planning to relocate from their current residence should contact OMWD to close their accounts at least three days prior to moving. Customers are responsible for their accounts until OMWD is officially notified. Customers planning extended vacations may pay their water bills in advance to avoid late fees and possible water service shut-offs.