Water Rates

Whenever the word “Company” is used herein, it refers to the La Cumbre Mutual Water Company. Whenever the word “owner”, “customer”, or “consumer” is used, it applies to the stockholder of the La Cumbre Mutual Water Company in whose name the stock (which is appurtenant to the land served) is issued, as recorded in the stock book of the Company.

Water Rates per Hundred Cubic Feet, HCF - (1 HCF = 748 gallons),

per two months (Effective January 1, 2021)


Tier 1 (0-20 HCF) @ $5.75/ HCF
Tier 2 (21-40 HCF) @ $8.00/ HCF
Tier 3 (41-80 HCF) @ $13.25/ HCF
Tier 4 (>80 HCF) @ $22.00/ HCF


Tier 1 @ $7.60/HCF for 100% of 3-year average (’06-’08) on a bi-monthly average


Tier 3 @ $13.25/HCF for any usage above 3 year average

Multi-Family Rate    

Tier 1 @ $5.75/HCF for 0-20 HCF/Dwelling unit/billing period

Tier 2 @ $8.00/HCF for 21-40 HCF/Dwelling unit/billing period

Tier 3 @ $13.25/HCF for over 41-80 HCF/Dwelling unit/billing period

Tier 4 @ $22.00/HCF for over 80 HCF/Dwelling unit/billing period

Schools & Golf Courses

Tier 1 @ $7.60/HCF for 100% of 3 year average (’06-’08) on bi-monthly average


Tier 3 @ $13.25/HCF for any usage above 3 year average


Tier 1 @ $5.75 for the first 20 HCF per

bi-monthly billing period


Tier 2 @ $6.75/HCF for <= 870 HCF/agricultural acres/twelve month period


Tier 3 @ $13.25/HCF for >870 HCF/agricultural acres/twelve month period



Residential – All customers other than those classified as commercial, Multi-Family, schools & golf courses or agricultural.

Commercial – Any property used solely for commercial use and located in the County of Santa Barbara commercial zoning area.

Multi-Family – Any property serving multiple attached dwelling unit structures such as apartments or condominiums.


Schools & Golf Courses – To qualify for this rate a school must be located on an area of at least 6 acres and be either a public or private, elementary or high school education facility. To qualify for this rate a golf course must have at least 20 acres of actual golf area and is a public or private membership institutional facility.

Agricultural – To qualify for agricultural rate a stockholder must submit a copy of a U.S. Internal Revenue Service Schedule "F" (from latest tax return) indicating farming operations on the property being served along with a letter signed by your CPA verifying that the Schedule F has been filed with the IRS. The Schedule F information will be kept in the strictest of confidence. In addition, since the Ag rate is applied only to acreage being farmed, not the total acreage of the property, we ask the stockholder to indicate the amount of acreage they are farming (minimum considered is one acre). This figure will be subject to verification by staff. Final determination of Ag eligibility will be made by management. 

Bi-Monthly Meter Charges & Connection Charge

(add both connection charge and capital cost recovery fee)


Bi-Monthly Charge

(Effective Jan 1, 2021)

Connection Charge

(Effective July 30, 2018)

Capital Cost Recovery Fee

(Effective July 30, 2018)

“A”                                            $ 28.00*                                    ——                                            ——
less than 50 HCF/Yr               


“B”                                            $ 56.00*                                    ——                                            ——
less than 100 HCF/Yr                                                                            


3/4” meter                                $ 84.00                                    $7,606                                       $15,502
1” meter                                   $ 140.00                                  $8,694                                       $24,976

1.5” meter                                $ 280.00                                  $9,784                                       $54,256


2” meter                                   $ 448.00                                  $10,872                                     $86,119

3” meter                                   $ 420.00                                  $11,952                                     $183,005


4” meter                                   $ 840.00                                  $13,042                                     $258,360

Fire Sprinkler System               $ 29.40                                    $13,042                                     $4,726
2” and under                                                                                                                                                              

Fire Sprinkler System               $ 58.80                                    $13,042                                     $9,450
over 2”                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Private Fire Hydrant                 $ 29.40                                    TBD                                           $4,726

Notes on rate schedule above

All private fire hydrant installations to include a flow detector meter. 

*This special bi-monthly charge is for 3/4" services that used the noted HCF for the previous calendar year. (Effective Jan. 1, 2000) 

**Connection charge may be higher if job is determined by management to be significantly costlier to install than a typical installation. 

All fees must be paid in full. Connection Charge & Capital Cost Recovery Fee for new connections will be forfeited if meter is not installed within 12 months. 

SERVICE & TRANSFER FEES (Effective July 30, 2018):

$250.00 - To be paid at the time of transfer of property 

$100.00 to re-issue stock only. 

$60.00 to transfer service to a new name only. 


$600 Setup Fee 

$224 per month charge 

Water rate $7.60 per HCF used


CHARGES FOR SPECIAL SERVICES (Effective Oct. 22, 2012):

1. To disconnect a meter - No charge. 

2. To reconnect a meter - One year of bi-monthly meter capacity charges. 

3. To install smaller meter in existing service - Time and materials. No credit for difference between meter capital cost recovery fee charges. 

4. To up-size back to original larger meter - Time and materials plus 1 year of difference between larger and smaller bi-monthly meter charges. 

5. To replace existing meter with larger meter - Difference in capital cost recovery fees between existing small meter and new larger meter plus connection charge for the larger meter. 

6. To install second meter on same lot - Full connection charge. 

7. To move meter - Time and materials. 

OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR WATER CHARGES: The owner is responsible for the payment of all water charges and if such owner fails to pay said charges within sixty days, they will become a lien upon the land to which the respective shares of stock are appurtenant, and also upon said shares of stock and all rights and interests represented by such shares (Article VIII, Sec. 10, By-Laws). 

PENALTY FOR NON-PAYMENT: If any accounts under the schedule of charges remain unpaid 30 days after the date of billing, they shall become delinquent and a penalty of 10% shall be added. If the total of said bill including the penalty is not paid within 10 days after the date of the delinquency notice the water will be shut off and will not be turned on again until all arrears and penalties have been paid, including a $25.00 charge for the resumption of service. Services shut off for non-payment shall continue to incur the bi-monthly meter charge for a period of six (6) months, after which the service will be disconnected. Service will then only be resumed upon payment of 25% of the regular meter connection charge, in addition to all unpaid charges and penalties. 


INSUFFICIENT FUNDS CHARGE: There will be a charge of $25 for any checks returned by your bank as not cashable. 

Residential Shutoff Policy

Discontinuation of Residential Service Policy

Discontinuación de la Política de Sevicio Residencial

Agreement of Payment Arrangement

Certification of Primary Care Provider

Certification of Financial Hardship

Declaration of Household Hardship