Monthly water bills have two parts:
(1) A flat charge of $20.00 per month for single family dwellings, $30 per month for duplexes or properties with a second unit and $40 per month for triplexes to pay for services that must be provided regardless of the amount of water delivered, including meter reading, facility maintenance, billing and customer service; and
(2) A consumption charge to reflect the amount of water used, billed according to a four-tiered rate structure. The structure for single family dwellings is as follows:
- $2.00 per thousand gallons for the first 2,000 gallons
- $3.00 per thousand gallons for the next 2,000 gallons
- $4.00 per thousand for the next 4,000 gallons
- $6.00 per thousand for all usage exceeding 8,000 gallons
Russian River Utility staff read meters and issue bills monthly.
There is also an annual assessment of $30.00 for capital improvements and operations expenses placed on each home’s property tax. Ways to save water can be found in the Conservation & Sustainability section.
It is important to understand some of the fiscal challenges the district faces.
The majority of the Russian River County Water District’s pipes, pumps and other infrastructure were built and installed in the 1980s, meaning that repairs to the mostly now-aging system can be expected to increase in both frequency and cost during the coming years if safe levels of fire protection and water delivery to all customers are to be maintained.
The board is also aware of the need to have a capital reserve fund on hand in case of a regional catastrophe (e.g., earthquake) that could cause serious damage to portions of our water system and leave us on our own to make very major repairs quickly, even if other government resources eventually become available.
Russian River County Water District has a set of codes which govern the rates, payment of bills, termination of water service, personnel, district officers, connection fees and more. Anyone interested in seeing these codes is welcome to do so by going into the office at the Russian River Utility office at 7131 Mirabel Road, Forestville. Call 707-887-7735 if you have any questions.