Board of Directors
Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the district office. All Board of Directors’ meetings are open to the public. Any member of the public who wishes to address the Directors at a board meeting may do so during the portion of the meeting set aside for public comment. The Agenda is posted to our website and at the RWD District office 48 hours prior to each meeting.
Yes, board members are paid per meeting attended. The compensation is $110 per meeting, with a max of 10 meetings per month.
The service charge is a fixed amount based on the size of your meter. The service charge covers the cost of the District’s operations, including water storage facilities, pumping maintenance, water testing and meter reading. Revenue generated from water billing is directly equal to the expense of providing safe and reliable water service.
A tiered rate structure, like the one Rowland Water District uses, encourages efficient water use. The unit price of water changes at preset levels. At Rowland, that price changes at 9 HCF and 16 HCF for monthly billing. (HCF—hundred cubic feet—is the standard measurement used to determine water use. Every HCF equals 748 gallons).
At any time, Rowland Water District may require a deposit. For New Applicants the deposit is calculated and adjusted annually, based on the average total bill for customers who have the same size meter and who are also in the same water rate category multiplied by Two Hundred Fifty Percent (250%). For existing customers the deposit is calculated based on the average total bill of that particular customer for at least three (3) billing periods multiplied by Two Hundred Fifty Percent (250%).
The District will monitor the payment history of each customer. If the customer’s account is free of any late payment penalties, termination notices or returned checks for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months since the security deposit was given, the District shall refund the deposit to the customer, in full, by applying the deposit to the customer’s account. If the customer closes an account, the District shall apply the customer deposit to the final billing and refund the balance remaining.
It costs more in energy and operations to move water to higher elevations. This fair rate structure is a common industry standard and considers the true cost of getting water to your tap, depending on where you live in the District.
Rowland Water District does not have a reduced water rate for low-income customers. We are a Special District governed by a Board of Directors and not a private utility, such as Southern California Edison or Southern California Gas Company. Revenue generated from water billing is directly equal to the expense of providing safe and reliable water service.
Backflow & Cross-Connection Assemblies
A cross-connection is any temporary or permanent connection between a public water system or consumer’s potable (drinking) water system and any source or system containing non-potable water or other substances.
Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow of non-potable water or other substances through a cross-connection and into the piping of a public water system or consumer’s potable water system. There are two types of backflow, backpressure backflow and backsiphonage.
Why do water suppliers need to control Cross-Connections and protect their public water systems against backflow?
Backflow into a public water system can pollute or contaminate the water in that system (i.e., backflow into a public water system can make the water in that system unusable or unsafe to drink). Each water supplier has a responsibility to provide water that is safe to drink. Consumers have confidence that water delivered to them through a public water system is safe to drink. In the best interest of its customers, each water supplier must take reasonable precautions to protect its public water system against backflow and back-siphonage.
The California Code of Regulations (Title 17) requires public water systems (Rowland Water District) to protect their water supplies from contamination by implementing a cross-connection control program. This requirement protects the public water system from cross-connections and prevents backflow situations.
Install one of the following: (1) Air Gap. (2) Reduced Pressure Principal Assembly. (3) Double Check Valve Assembly. (4) Pressure Vacuum Breaker. (5) Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker.
The assembly used depends upon the degree of hazard to the drinking water system and the type of service/property. RWD will determine the type of assembly required.
Water systems depend on pressure to keep water flowing in the proper direction. However, backflow can occur when there is a significant drop in the water pressure on the water district’s side. When this happens, it is possible for polluted water from the customer’s plumbing system to reverse flow into the public water system. If the water in the customer’s system has come in contact with harmful substances and it backflows into the public drinking water system, it could cause illness, or in extreme case, death.
The assembly used depends upon the degree of hazard to the drinking water system and the type of service/property. RWD will determine the type of assembly required.
Backflow assemblies need to be tested annually to make sure they are operating properly. RWD notifies the customers at least 45 days before the backflow assembly is due to be tested. The customer then contacts a backflow tester certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to have their test completed. Backflows must also be tested within 30 days of being installed or after being repaired.
Independent testers can be found in the phone book or online under Backflow Testers or Plumbers. Rowland Water District test forms must be completed by a Los Angeles County certified backflow tester, so make sure the tester has a current LA County backflow certification. Visit the LACO DPH website for more information.
The backflow assembly is part of the customer’s water system. RWD maintains the water line up to the water meter. All pipe, fixtures, etc. beyond this point are the owner’s responsibility, including the testing and maintenance of the backflow assembly. Property owners occasionally have agreements with the tenant or property management company to maintain the backflow assembly. Check with your property owner to determine whose responsibility this is.
Backflow assemblies can be purchased from most plumbing supply warehouses.
It is recommended that a plumbing contractor install the backflow assembly, but this is not a requirement.
(1) Enclose your backflow assembly(ies) with a protective enclosure. (2) Secure the enclosure with a tamper-proof lock (a “break-away” lock is easily opened and not recommended). In the event of an emergency, your maintenance crew should have a copy of the lock’s key. (3) Paint the assembly(ies). (4) Post a visible sign with a warning notice, such as “Theft and/or damage to this unit will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. (5) Camouflage the unit by planting screening landscape approximately one foot from the backflow assembly. The camouflaging will make the unit less visible and will still allow access for necessary maintenance.
Please Note: When installing any protective equipment, it is important that our customers check the District’s specifications to verify that the assembly will remain in compliance. Visit our website and navigate to our “Contractors/Developers” for these specifications.
Recycled water (also called Reclaimed Water) refers to multi-stage treatment of municipal wastewater that is processed at a water recycling (or reclamation) plant. Recycled water is virtually colorless and odorless, and is permissible for full-body human contact but not suitable for direct human consumption.
Gray water is untreated residential wastewater that does not come from a toilet or garbage disposal (i.e., bathroom sink, bathtub, shower laundry, etc.). Gray water is regulated by the State of California, and a building permit must be obtained before installing a gray water system to collect and send this water to the resident’s landscaping, but water quality is not routinely monitored.
Recycled water, on the other hand, is water that is refined through several treatment processes to a level that is safe for a variety of beneficial uses. A number of regulatory agencies have adopted requirements that must be followed when producing, distributing, and using recycled water. Water quality is strictly monitored and routinely reported to the respective Regional Water Quality Board.
Yes. However, recycled water must be used within established guidelines, regulations and permit requirements. Recycled water projects are designed and operated with an emphasis to protect public health and safety. Regular monitoring by the District and county public health agencies ensures that the District supplies a highly treated and disinfected product which meets all California Department Public Health Standards.
A number of regulatory agencies have adopted requirements that must be followed when producing, distributing, and using recycled water. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has adopted strict public health and safety requirements and guidelines, which help protect the public from any potential risk associated with use of recycled water. These requirements are described in Titles 17 and 22 of the California Code of Regulations:
Permits to oversee the production, conveyance, and use of recycled water are granted by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and the corresponding Regional Water Quality Control Board(s) (RWQCB). Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County also have guidelines and inspection requirements for the use of recycled water.
Recycled water is primarily used for landscape irrigation. However, recycled water can be used for virtually all non-potable applications within the District. This includes some industrial processes, cooling towers for mechanical systems, soil compaction and dust control for construction projects, commercial nursery and agricultural irrigation systems, and for possible recreational and wetland restoration projects.
- Costs less than drinking water.
- Contains nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus which promote plant growth.
- Reduces stress on drinking water supplies. (4) Drought resistant source of irrigation water.
Recycled water must be conveyed in a separate distribution system. It is completely isolated from all existing potable water or sewer systems.
It is the policy of the District to price recycled water at a sufficient discount from the price of potable water to make the use of recycled water for irrigation and other suitable uses cost effective for new development, and result in savings sufficient to encourage existing customers of the District to convert existing uses to recycled water where appropriate. Visit our Rates and Fees page for more information.
All sites where recycled water is used are required to designate a recycled water user Site Supervisor. Site Supervisors are required to have appropriate training to assure proper operation of recycled water facilities, worker protection, and compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. To help recycled water users fulfill their training obligations, free classes are currently being offered periodically throughout the year at various locations by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. Visit the LACSD website for a site supervisor training registration form. A recycled water user Site Supervisor represents the owner, tenant, or property manager. The Site Supervisor is designated to be the main person to interact with the District and respond to inquiries, emergencies and participation in inspections and cross connection testing.
What is ‘industrial reuse’ and how can recycled water be used by commercial businesses and industries?
Industrial water reuse broadly refers to the use of recycled water for uses other than irrigation or groundwater recharge. Use of recycled water by industry has increased substantially in the last two decades due to increases in the cost of drinking water, combined with on-again/off-again water shortages that can limit business activities. Cooling water systems are the largest industrial applications for recycled water, due to the large water demand in their cooling towers and boilers. Other industrial applications include chemical plants, metal finishers, textile and carpet dying, paper manufacturing, cement manufacturers, and other cooling and process applications. Recycled water can also be used for dust control and soil compaction at construction sites, commercial laundries, carwash facilities, as well as toilet flushing.
Whom should I contact if I have additional questions or need assistance concerning recycled water?
Rowland Water District relies 100% on imported water from Northern California and the Colorado River. It is purchased through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and from Three Valleys Municipal Water District.
As the cost of imported water continues to rise, the pursuit of local water becomes more critical in saving our customers money over the long term. Rowland Water District is continually pursuing alternative water supply sources through recycled water programs and progressive conservation measures. We are also always working to secure local water rights agreements with neighboring agencies and regional partners. The bottom line is that the less we need to purchase costly water, the less we need to charge the customer.
Currently, Rowland Water District does not have water rights to any treatable local groundwater. Securing additional sources and water rights, investing in recycled water systems for commercial uses, and promoting enhanced conservation measures across the District, reduces the impacts of imported water costs.
The shut-off valve is typically near your water output (where you hook up your hose) nearest the street, or just inside of the garage.
To do a leak-check, turn off all water fixtures inside and outside your home (or building); check the position of the sweep hand and all the numbers on your water meter. Wait about 15 minutes and then check again. If the position of the sweep hand and the numbers have not changed, you don’t have any leaks. If there is a change, there is a leak somewhere on the property. Check your fixtures and pipes for leaks or call a plumber.
Rowland Water District is responsible for what is called the street side of the meter, including all mains in the street. The property owner is responsible for maintenance of water lines on the property side of the water meter.
Water meters are usually located near your front street curb in a concrete box marked “Water.” Remove the lid by using a tool like a screwdriver or pliers. The numbers in the dial boxes show how many cubic feet of water you are using. One cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons of water. If you check your meter throughout the month, you can see how much water you are using.
748 gallons is equivalent of 1 HCF.
RWD’s annual water quality report (also know as a Consumer Confidence Report) is available here.
The water quality report discusses the quality of your water (based on the last calendar year), including any problems or detections of drinking water contaminants, and what is being done to correct the situation.
Rowland Water District is responsible for what is called “the street side” of the water meter, including all water mains in the street and continuing through the community distribution system. The property owner is responsible for maintenance of water lines on the “customer side” of the water meter. This includes the water line from the meter to the house, all interior plumbing and outside irrigation systems.
Rowland Water District’s water meets all State and Federal drinking water standards. About 300,000 tests are done on our water each year to make sure it meets or exceeds these standards, so we can continually deliver high quality water to customers. By law, RWD must inform you if contamination is detected in your drinking water.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regulate Rowland Water District and its water sources.
RWD must notify you by newspaper or hand-delivery if your water does not meet USEPA or CDPH standards, or if there is a waterborne disease emergency. The notice will describe any precautions you need to take, such as using store bought water or boiling water. If a public notice is published and distributed regarding your drinking water, be sure to carefully read and follow the instructions.
Tap water can sometimes appear cloudy, and this is often mistaken for an impurity in the water. Cloudy water, also commonly described as milky white, hazy, soapy, or foamy, is usually caused by air in the water. This can occur naturally and is caused by dissolved air in the water that is released when the faucet is opened. When you relieve the pressure by opening the faucet and fill your glass with water, the air is now free to escape from water. The presence of air can sometimes be traced to pipeline or pump repair too.
Suggestion: To see if the white color in the water is due to air, fill a clear glass with water and set it on the counter. Observe the glass of water for two or three minutes. If the white color is due to air, the water will begin to clear at the bottom of the glass first and then gradually will clear all the way to the top. If the cloudiness does not clear after five minutes, call the district office at (562) 697-1726.
Water Use Efficiency
Yes. On April 1, 2012 scientists from the state Department of Water Resources measured California’s 2012 snowpack and concluded that we are still in a drought. Conservation is the best way for you to do your part in preserving this precious resource for the future.