Standby Fees

The standby fee is an availability charge for all unimproved properties within the HDWD service area. The fee covers the shared costs of water facilities, ensuring service will be available to a parcel when needed. 

The charge is set annually, based on the parcel size and assessment rate. The annual standby assessment is reflected on the property owner's tax bill, which is mailed out twice a year by the San Bernardino County Assessor's office. 

The standby fee was established by the Board of Directors in 1969. The Board holds a public hearing before establishing the charge for the coming year. No changes to the fee were recommended for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.

To view the 2018/19 Standby Billing Report, click here.

For the 2017/18 Standby Billing Report, click here


Assessments Rates

Rates are based on the proximity of the property to District facilities. In no case will the standby charge on any parcel exceed $1,000.


UNIMPROVED CATEGORY 1 – parcels located within 2,640 feet of an existing District water pipeline

$20 per parcel for each subdivision lot

$20 per parcel for the first 2.5 acres of land or portion thereof, and $10 per acre for each acre or portion thereof exceeding 2.5 acres


UNIMPROVED CATEGORY 2 – parcels located more than 2,640 feet from an existing pipeline

$4 per parcel less than 1 acre in size

$4 per acre for each acre or portion thereof exceeding 1 acre.

All parcels larger than 1 acre will be computed to the nearest one-tenth acre.