Rate Setting

An Open Rate Setting Process

The FOWD Board of Directors and staff establish customer water rates through an open process that involves customer participation and input. The process begins with publicly approved master plans and financial plans that cover projections for multiple years. These strategic plans are then used to develop annual budgets that balance projected planning with current business conditions.

District staff begins the annual budget process six months before the start of the fiscal year. The annual budget development proceeds through senior management and an ad-hoc budget committee consisting of selected board members for review and analysis. The budget package is presented to the entire board during public meeting, and then to our customers for their input through information sessions and a final public hearing usually occurring in November to set the next year’s rate.

Paying Your Bill

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FOWD Online Payments

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Water Efficiency Program

Did you know that we offer landscape and irrigation reviews that may help you save water?

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Customer Cost of Water

Assuming the average Fair Oaks Water District customer has a 1-inch water meter and uses 500 gallons of water a day, the following would be true given the Board approved rates for 2017:

  • Customers pay approximately 1/4¢ per gallon of water delivered to their property.
  • Customers pay approximately $1.35 per day for water delivered to their property.