Water Supply and Rates

February 4, 2019


Although the Bureau of Reclamation will not make its first official water supply declaration until sometime later this month, based on current hydrologic conditions at Shasta, the initial projections show that 2019 will be a non-critical year for CCID and the Exchange Contractors.  The District’s Board of Directors has adopted a budget and water rate schedule based on a non-critical water supply under the Exchange Contract this year.  However, there are continued uncertainties in the Bureau’s ability to operate the system, in particular because of potential restrictions to Delta export pumping.  Therefore, the quantities shown below for the tiered pricing levels are subject to change.  The District will provide updates immediately if conditions change.


January through October

  1. A 3-tiered rate schedule will apply to water used from now through the end of the seven-month summer block reflected in the Exchange Contract, ending October 31:
    • Tier 1  – 0 – 3.20 acre-feet/gross acre – $13.00 /acre-foot
    • Tier 2 – 3.21 – 3.70 acre-feet/gross acre (CCID Well Water) – $40.00 /acre-foot
    • Tier 3  – Greater than 3.70 acre-feet/gross acre (Purchased Water) – $95.00 /acre-foot
  2. The per-acre quantities above represent how much water will be available, if needed, but the amounts are not guaranteed. The actual amount of water available is subject to the Bureau’s ability to deliver water to us, and limitations in the Exchange Contract.

November and December

  1. We generally have a good supply of water available in November and December, although availability may be limited depending on the need to perform winter maintenance and construction projects. Water available during this period will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, at $13.00 per a.f.

Developed water for Class II lands will also be subject to tiered pricing from January 1 through October 31.  The first 3.2 a.f. per net acre will be charged $40.00 per a.f. on an “if and when available” basis.  All usage in excess of 3.2 a.f. per net acre during this period will be billed at $95.00 per a.f.

Developed water taken in November and December, if available, will cost $40.00 per a.f.


Municipal and Industrial (M&I) water will be available to those municipalities contracting with CCID, at $75.00 per a.f.

If you have any questions, please call the CCID Office at (209) 826-1421.

UPDATE: February 20, 2018



  1. On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) notified CCID that based on DWR’s February 1st forecasted full natural inflow to Shasta Lake, that the 2018 Year is currently not a Critical Water Year under the Exchange Contract.
  2. USBR will be updating the forecast and allocation to us monthly over the next few months.
  3. CAUTION: Additional modelling conducted by the NOAA River Forecast Center (RFC) indicates that if the current extreme dry hydrology continues, then projected inflow into Shasta could drop enough to cause the USBR to change our allocation to a Critical Water Year. That would reduce our 2018 water supply by approximately 25%.


  1. The 2018 Water Rates and Tier pricing will remain in effect as outlined in our January 30, 2018 Water Supply Information Letter to Consumers unless the allocation changes.
  2. Please continue to be cautious with your water usage, keeping in mind that there is a chance based on the forecasts that your water supply could get reduced to critical levels, an approximate 25% reduction.

This information is based on the current information available to us. Each water user must make their own individual risk assessment, and decide when and how much to plant and irrigate.

We are working diligently on your behalf. Please understand that things can change quickly and that we will update you as often as necessary so that you can make informed decisions.