Valley Water District was incorporated on February 17, 1954. Our District serves a population of nearly 800,000 people within a 353 square mile area and includes the cities and communities of Bloomington, Colton, East Highlands, Highland, Grand Terrace, Loma Linda, Mentone, Redlands, Rialto, Yucaipa, San Bernardino and portions of Fontana and Riverside County.
Our primary water source is from the California State Water Project (SWP) via Lake Silverwood (also known as the East Branch of the State Aqueduct). There are 42 miles of pipeline in the delivery system.
The SWP was approved through a statewide election in December 1960. This year’s SWP needs for the District’s share of the State Water Project are approximately $82,725,000 with payments continuing until the year 2035.
The District Tax Rate for the SWP and District Bonds in fiscal year 2019-2020 is 14.25 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. For a house assessed at $100,000, the taxes for the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District are $142.50.
Our District is one of 29 State Water Contractors who are part of the SWP. The District’s maximum annual entitlement for SWP water is 102,600 acre-feet.
The District supplies both local and SWP water for direct delivery or groundwater recharge to areas within the District boundaries. The District has constructed its major transmission pipelines as joint ventures with other water agencies to save money, which would otherwise have been spent on parallel pipelines.
Please call our District Office if you have further questions about the District portion of your tax bill at 909-387-9200.