Charges and Fees

West Valley Sanitation District has established charges and fees for sewer service. The rate structure is based on the cost of providing sewer service to residential and commercial users. Residential rates are based on average flow volume for each classification. Commercial rates are based on actual flow volume and classification.

The District also has some special fees for unusual circumstances. The fees are calculated based on the actual cost of service and reflect a fairness principle that the users pay for the impact that they cause on the sewer system.

Table of Rates

Sewer service charges are collected on the tax roll, under the heading "WV Sewer Sani/Storm." The sewer service charges for fiscal year 2017-18 are summarized below:

Residential Sewer Charges are Monthly Rate per Dwelling
Classification2017-18
Single Family $43.77
Multi-Family $30.55
Mobile Home $30.55
Commercial, Institutional and Grouped Industries Based on Loading per Hundred Cubic Feet (HCF) of Wastewater Discharge
IndustryClassification2017-18
Commercial
  Restaurant $8.64
  Hotel/Motel $4.48
  Gas Station - Repair $4.78
  Domestic Laundry $3.92
  Retail/Office/Misc. $4.65
Institutional
  Hospitals $4.16
  Schools $5.23
Grouped Industries
  Winery $13.41
  Printing Plants $6.21
  Machinery Manufacturing $6.50
  Electrical Equipment $4.38
  Film Service $4.61
  Plating Works $4.19
  Industrial Laundry $8.74
  Car Wash $3.53

 

How to Read Your Sewer Bill

The total sewer service charge appears on the property tax roll under code "WV Sewer Sani/Storm." All fees and charges, including sewer service, hillside rate, storm drain rate, or SSAP payments (if any), are included as a lump sum in the WV Sewer Sani/Storm designation and are not itemized. District staff can provide a breakdown upon request.

Hillside Zone Rate

The District has established a Hillside Zone, which defines hillsides where sewers are at risk for failure due to land subsidence or erosion. The District collects a rate of $50 per year for every connected parcel in the zone and puts the funds in a restricted account for sewer repairs only in the zone. The hillside rate is collected on the tax roll along with the sewer service charges.

Storm Drain Maintenance Program

By agreement with the cities of Campbell, Los Gatos, and Monte Sereno, the District collects an additional surcharge to fund the West Valley Clean Water Program. The program is a joint effort of the cities and the District to comply with the requirements of the NPDES permit for urban runoff pollution control. The fees are approximately $20 for residential parcels; fees for commercial parcels are based on square footage. The fee is collected on the tax roll along with the sewer service charges. Call for details on your property.