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Commercial, Institutional & Light Industrial Rates
Commercial, institutional, and light industrial classes of rates include non-residential users discharging sewage of uniform strength or discharging less than 25,000 gallons per day. The Sewer Service and Use Charge rate structure for commercial, institutional, and light industrial classes is based on adjusted water consumption data reflecting the difference in sewage strength among 63 standard classifications of users.

Annual water consumption for each user is estimated by averaging water consumption for the months of January, February, and March of the previous fiscal year and annualizing that data to estimate sewage flow for the following year. The winter months are selected to minimize the effects of landscaping and garden irrigation. An annual charge is computed for non-residential users using the following unit rates and placed on the property tax rolls for collection by the Santa Clara County Tax Collector’s Office.

Commercial, institutional, and light industrial Sewer Service and Use Charge rates for Fiscal Year 2016-17 are as follows:

Use

Charge per Hundred Cubic Feet of Sewage Discharged

Use

Charge per Hundred Cubic Feet of Sewage Discharged

Meat Packers

$4.72

Association/Communities Services

$3.78

Wholesale Bakeries

$5.69

Business Parks

$3.89

Soft Drink Bottlers

$5.62

Building Construction/Field Office

$3.89

Wineries

$9.71

Parking Lots

$3.56

Paper Pulp Mills

$7.17

Gas Service Stations

$3.90

Plating Works

$3.43

Auto Showrooms/Body Shops/Detail/Trucking

$4.19

Electrical Equipment Manufacturers

$3.80

Manufacturing Paint Products

$3.89

Machinery Manufacturers

$4.92

Concrete Companies

$3.89

Film Service Laboratories

$3.74

General Manufacturing Industries

$3.89

Soft Water Services

$3.46

Chemical Manufacturing

$3.89

Car Washes

$3.67

Pubs

$4.07

Automotive Steam Cleaners

$6.61

Athletic/Fitness Clubs

$3.73
           

Printing Plants

$4.74

Cemeteries

$3.73

Restaurants-Delis

$6.31

Country Clubs (Golf)

$3.91

Hotel-Motels

$3.92

Lounges, Clubs, Billiards

$3.91

Hospitals and Convalescent Homes

$3.80

Convenience Stores

$3.73

Public Schools, Colleges and Universities

$4.49

Boarding/Rooming

$3.97

Private Schools, Colleges and Universities

$4.49

Cleaners (Commercial Laundries)

$4.63

Repair Shops & Service Stations

$4.02

Plazas and Malls

$4.17

Domestic Laundries

$3.58

Nurseries (Growers)

$4.42

Business Offices/Condos

$3.78

Laboratories (Commercial and Industrial)

$4.47

Government Agencies

$3.78

Cafés & Ice-creams

$6.77

Medical Centers/Clinics

$3.87

Donuts & Bakeries

$6.77

Beauty Salons

$3.97

Supermarket Groceries

$6.16

Commercial and Department Stores

$3.97

Mortuaries (Embalming)

$6.16

Storage/Warehouse

$3.73

Catering

$6.40

Health Care

$3.82

Misc. Commercial, Institutional, Industrial

$3.78

Theatres

$3.91

   

Monitored Industrial Rates
Non-residential users discharging more that 25,000 gallons* of sewage per day or discharging sewage of widely varying strength are billed monthly on the basis of samples collected during the billing month. Monthly sewage flow is derived from actual sewage flow meter data or estimated from potable water consumption.

Monitored industrial Sewer Service and Use Charge unit rates for Fiscal Year 2016-17 are as follows:

Capital Cost Recovery

Annual charge per million gallons per day of FLOW capacity required, plus $345,347.00
Annual charge per thousand pounds per day of BOD removal capacity required, plus $31,714.00
Annual charge per thousand pounds per day of SS removal capacity required, plus $26,948.00
Annual charge per thousand pounds per day of NH3 removal capacity required. $64,665.00

Operations & Maintenance Cost Recovery

Charge per HCF of sewage discharged to the sanitary sewer, plus $2.323
($3,106/MG)
Charge per thousand pounds of BOD discharged to the sanitary sewer, plus $208.00
Charge per thousand pounds of SS discharged to the sanitary sewer, plus $232.00
Charge per thousand pounds of NH3 discharged to the sanitary sewer $1,701.00

*Conforms to State Water Resources Control Board definition of “Substantial User.”