Serving the Greater

Escondido Valley Since 1954


 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, 2018, the District is seeing an overall 4.3% increase in the cost per AF of water purchased from SDCWA.    Fixed charges (not including the IAC) are seeing an overall decrease of 2.6%.  The net overall impact of these modifications is a $0.14 increase to each of the District’s water usage rates.

The District also separately passes-through SDCWA’s Infrastructure Access Charge (IAC) every 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. The District’s IAC cost from SDCWA is decreasing by 6.2%.  District customers will notice that the IAC charge on their water bill is decreasing in response to the reduced cost from our wholesaler. 

The new water rates and charge are effective January 1, 2018 and customers will see the impact of these changes on their February 2018 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.     

One of the best ways to minimize the impact of the rate increase is to become as efficient as possible with water use. Rincon customers are encouraged to register for WaterSmart, a free tool which allows access to hourly water use data, customized water conservation opportunities, rebate availability, and leak notification. To register, click on the "WaterSmart Portal" link located on the homepage of this website. 



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!








Our offices will be closed on 02/19/18 in honor of Presidents Day . If you require emergency services, please call 760-745-5522.


June 2016

Rincon Water's Board of Directors rescinded the Level 2 - Drought Alert and returned to Level 1 - Drought Watch on 06/28/16, after meeting the State Water Resources Control Board's (State Board) stress test requirements for drought conditions. As part of our commitment to transparency, the documents submitted to the State Board can be viewed by clicking here.


San Diego County Water Authority Pass-Through Rate Increase

Takes Effect for Rincon Water Customers

Escondido, CA – The water rate increase adopted by the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) has gone into effect as of January 1, 2016. As a result, the pass-through rate increase to Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District (Rincon Water) customers represents an overall 5.3% increase for potable water use. Based on the SDCWA’s increase, Rincon Water’s residential customers will now pay $5.34 for Tier 1 (1-5 units), $6.21 for Tier 2 (6-24 units), and $6.59 for Tier 3 (25 or more units) water use during each billing period (1 unit equals 1,000 gallons). Non-Residential customers will pay $5.81 for each unit of water used. These increases will begin appearing on customer bills starting with the statements to be delivered in early February.

The SDCWA-approved rate increase represents a revised rate structure necessary to insure adequate revenue to maintain infrastructure during mandatory drought reductions and associated reduced sales, to address other wholesaler costs relative to fixed and variable charges, as well as to factor in costs associated with the construction and operation of the new Carlsbad desalination plant.

“Most of the potable water used by Rincon Water customers comes to us through a complex system of aqueducts and pipelines that connect us to the Colorado River and northern California water supplies. The economy and our very existence depend on this precious imported water which travels hundreds of miles to our faucets. The costs associated with maintaining and improving this vast infrastructure have doubled since 2008, and are expected to continue increasing for years to come,” said David Drake, Rincon Water’s Board President.

Although Rincon Water has worked hard to absorb rate increases in the past, its 2015 Comprehensive Water Cost of Service and Rate Study revealed it can’t continue that practice. “Rincon Water and its staff have taken steps to cut operational costs and become as efficient as possible. Unfortunately, we can no longer absorb increased costs for water outside of the District’s control. The Board of Directors is proactively working to minimize impacts on customers while maintaining the lowest rates possible,” reported Greg Thomas, Rincon Water’s General Manager.

The best way to minimize the impact of the rate increase is to become as efficient as possible with water use. Rincon customers are encouraged to register for WaterSmart, a free tool which allows access to hourly water use data, customized water conservation opportunities, rebate availability, and leak notification. Please visit for details. The new rate sheet, effective January 1, 2016 is also available on Rincon Water’s website at