New Water Rates Effective 01/01/19

 

Pass-Through of Wholesale Water Rates and Changes

The District’s five-year water rate study, approved by the Board of Directors in June 2015, allows the District to pass-through the full share of any increase or decrease in fees and charges from the District’s imported water wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA).  SDCWA performs modifications to the rates and charges for retail water agencies on January 1 of each year.  These rates and charges include a variable cost per acre-foot (AF) of water purchased from SDCWA, as well as fixed charges to retail water agencies regardless of how much water is purchased.

Effective January 1, 2019, the District is seeing an overall 0.3% decrease in the cost per AF of water purchased from SDCWA.    Fixed charges (not including the IAC) are seeing an overall decrease of 3.3%.  The decreases from SDCWA are due to the implementation of cost control measures at the wholesale level.  The net overall impact of these modifications is a $0.05 decrease to each of the District’s per billing unit water usage rates.

The District also separately passes-through SDCWA’s Infrastructure Access Charge (IAC) on January 1 of each year. The IAC is a fixed charged for access to imported water from SDCWA and is based upon the size of the water meter serving the property.  After a decrease last year, the District’s IAC is increasing by approximately 5.3% this year, based upon meter size.

The new water rates and charges are effective January 1, 2019 and customers will see the impact of these changes on their February 2019 bill, the first full billing after January 1.  For more detailed information on water rates and charges, the District’s current water rate schedule is available here.

Watch Out for Water Agency Imposters

Rincon Water, along with our neighboring water utilities, is reminding residents to be mindful of scam artists intent on gaining entry to homes.

Recently an incident occurred within Rincon Water’s service area involving a fake utility representative who stole cash and jewels from an elderly couple. The thief said he was with the local water agency and needed to check the water for contamination.

Our employees always carry proper identification and are willing to show it to you as well as provide a supervisor’s phone number for verification. Our employees typically drive clearly marked agency vehicles with government license plates.

As a reminder, we do not fix problems or test water inside private residences and rarely have reason to ask for entry. If “in-home” contact with a resident is required, our staff typically calls first to make an appointment. Residents are advised that if anyone claiming to be a water utility employee comes to their home without an appointment they should refuse entry and contact us at 760-745-5522.

Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of a scam or theft:

  • Be wary of anyone who shows up at your home, without warning, to collect an overdue water bill. If your service is subject to termination, you will have received overdue notices or other correspondence from us in the mail with instructions for payment.
  • Do not let someone into your home without verifying who they are. Imposters may try to use the names of family members, roommates or landlords and say that person asked them to fix or look at something in the home.
  • Any person who refuses to wait while you contact us should be considered a fraud and reported to police.
  • Be careful of anyone who visits your home claiming that you need to have or are required to buy water filters, cleaners, softeners or other products or equipment. We do not sell or endorse these types of products or equipment.
  • Do not provide your credit card number to someone who calls threatening to shut off your water until you verify the request by calling us at 760-745-5522.
  • Never reveal your credit card, social security, ATM or personal identification numbers over the phone, the internet or in person to anyone you do not know and trust. Water agency staff will not ask for money, credit card numbers or the use of your phone while we are at your home.
  • Immediately report suspicious activity to your local police department or sheriff’s office and contact us immediately.

Fire House Subs Makes Generous Donation

Escondido Fire Department was awarded a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation that will improve the safety and effectiveness of Escondido Firefighters. The generous donation of $14,888.65 paid for the cost of 91 new wildland firefighting jackets. On Thursday, June 6th the new jackets were showcased at the Firehouse Subs store in Escondido.

Fire & Water Festival

This is a can’t-miss event! Come learn about safety, fire preparedness, water efficiency, and much more. Some of our partners include:
Escondido Fire Department Escondido Police Department
Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water & Fire District EcoVivarium (Back again by popular demand!!)
City of Escondido – Environmental Programs
Our list is growing. Please check back soon to see more of our partners!
Check out the fun we had last year!
Hosted by Escondido Fire & Rincon Fire Protection Free fire engine rides!
More fire engine rides. Hamburgers hot off the grill!
A friendly guest visitor from EcoVivarium. Fire fighters demonstrate the “Jaws of Life”.
The City displayed their new vaccuum truck. The Sheriff helicopter made a special landing at the event.
Rincon Water talked about water conservation. More friends helping at the event!
This event wasn’t just for the birds! There was lot’s of things for kids and parents to do.
See you there!