Sacramento County Water Agency

Water Conservation Discount

​SCWA  Zone  41  rates  are  intended  to  reward  conservation  by  providing  a conservation discount in charges for metered residential customers. The current methodology  simply  applies a percentage  discount  to  the  total  Volumetric and Fixed service charges depending on the amount of monthly usage. The proposed rates reflect a shift from a percentage discount methodology to one that applies separate discounts to the Volumetric and Service components of the Zone 41 charge for a given monthly usage.

  Volumetric Service
TierBasisDiscountDiscount
Existing Discount 10-7  CCF20%20%
DiscountDiscount 28-15 CCF10%10%
  Volumetric Service
TierBasisDiscountDiscount
ProposedDiscount 10-7 CCF$0.08/CCF$4.51/Meter
DiscountDiscount 28-15 CCF$0.03/CCF$2.50/Meter


 While  the  relative  amount  of  discount  would  decrease  under  the  proposed method,  the proposed  discount  methodology  more  appropriately  reflects how conservation reduces service costs.  Also, due to increased participation in  conservation  stemming  from  the  prior drought;  baseline  water  usage  has decreased, while the ongoing number of accounts has significantly increased. Currently, approximately 80% of Zone 41 customers receive a conservation discount.  In  order  to  continue  providing  a  conservation  discount,  while modifying the proposed rate increase overall, the amount of discount received by any particular customer will decrease but we will be able to continue offering some form of discount to more customers.