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Capacity Charge


A capacity charge recovers the costs associated with providing additional water capacity and additional wastewater facility capacity to new users and existing users requiring additional capacity.

Our Water Capacity Charge is based solely on meter size for all customer classes. Meter size accounts for required water flows and system pressure, which is based on the number of installed plumbing fixture units. As such, meter size provides an accurate estimate of the amount of demand placed on the system.

The Wastewater Capacity Charge is based on water meter equivalents, which provide a direct estimate of wastewater flow to the system, and Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code, which accounts for wastewater strength.

Capacity Charge Objectives
The primary objectives of a capacity charge are the following:
  • a mechanism by which users who create new or additional demand on the water distribution and/or the wastewater system can pay for the cost of the facilities required to serve them
  • to achieve equity in distributing costs
Water Capacity Charge
The Water Capacity Charge went into effect January 1, 2009 pursuant to City and County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Resolution 07-0099. On May 13, 2014 the Commission adopted Resolution 14-0072 which updated capacity charges based on recommendations from the 2014 Independent Rate Study. The resolution requires any user receiving a new connection to the water distribution system, or receiving additional capacity as a result of any addition, improvement, modification or change in use of an existing connection, to pay a water capacity charge. As authorized by the resolution, capacity charges are to be adjusted for inflation on July 1 of each year.

Wastewater Capacity Charge
The Wastewater Capacity Charge went into effect July 1, 2005 pursuant to City and County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Resolution 05-0045. On May 13, 2014 the Commission adopted Resolution 14-0072 which updated capacity charges based on recommendations from the 2014 Independent Rate Study. The resolution requires any user receiving a new connection to the wastewater system, or receiving additional wastewater collection and treatment capacity to pay a wastewater capacity charge. As authorized by the resolution, capacity charges are to be adjusted for inflation on July 1 of each year.

Customers subject to payment of capacity charges shall receive a prior use credit equal to the equivalent charge for the prior usage without regard to any time limit for such credit. The Capacity Charge is adjusted annually every July 1st based on changes in the Engineering News-Record 20 City Average Construction Cost Index.

 

More Capacity Charge Information For a schedule of fees and more information on Capacity Charges, please pick up an FAQ sheet at the Department of Building Inspection (DBI) 1660 Mission St. San Francisco 94103, 1st and 5th Floors or call SFPUC staff at (415)575-6941.

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Last updated: 11/26/2014 5:06:23 PM