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Water rates

Las Vegas Valley Water District water rates are based on a four-tier system to encourage conservation.

A tier is the amount of water received at a specified rate. The first tier represents indoor usage for most residential customers. The rate for the remaining tiers becomes increasingly higher.

Usage thresholds

Water use is billed at different rates depending on the amount of water used. The threshold is the point in usage when the water rate changes. Thresholds mark the level of usage where one water rate tier ends and another begins.

Your property’s usage threshold is based on the size of your water meter. Threshold levels are lowest for 5/8-inch meters and increase as meter size increases. You can locate your meter size on your water bill.

Thresholds are computed based on a daily threshold amount and the number of days in the billing cycle. Your meter records your usage in thousands of gallons. Your bill shows how much water you used in thousands of gallons for each threshold rate.

The thresholds listed below are based on a 30-day billing cycle. Your monthly bill may have fewer or more days, depending upon when your meter is read.

Table of rates and usage thresholds

The rates below went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. For more detailed information about rates, see Appendix I of the Water District's Service Rules.

Single-family residential meter sizes

Non single-family residential meter size

SNWA Charges

Each Las Vegas Valley Water District bill includes a daily service charge, charges for water used, and charges from the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA).

SNWA is a regional water agency that secures long-term water resources as well as treats and delivers the wholesale water supply to LVVWD. Costs related to water treatment, water resources, and the SNWA distribution network are covered by several SNWA surcharges.

SNWA reliability surcharge

This charge is based on the premise that customers have varying levels of need for water and should pay accordingly.

While everyone expects water to flow when they turn on the tap, some customers–such as businesses–have a greater need for system reliability, especially during peak usage periods.

The surcharge, which is applied against the total water bill with a few line-item exceptions, is 0.25 percent for residential customers and 2.5 percent for others.

SNWA commodity charge

A charge of $0.48 per 1,000 gallons is charged on each water bill to pay for improvements to water quality and enhancements to the water system.

SNWA infrastructure charge

This charge pays for several large water system projects, including a new intake and critical low lake level pumping station to protect Southern Nevada during severe drought conditions.

The SNWA infrastructure charge rates vary based on meter size and are calculated daily. The total cost each month depends upon the number of days in that month's billing cycle.

Meter size (inches) Residential Non-residential Fire meter
5/8 and 3/4 $12.92 $26.97 $3.34
1 $34.21 $51.08 $6.32
1.5 $68.41 $102.16 $12.63
2 $109.46 $163.45 $20.21
3 $218.90 $326.90 $40.41
4 $342.03 $510.79 $63.14
6 $684.05 $1,021.57 $126.28
8 $1,094.47 $1,634.50 $202.04
10 and larger $1,222.00 $2,349.59 $290.43
Rates are based on a 30-day billing period