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County of Madera

California

There are in excess of 100 Maintenance Districts and Service Areas (hereafter referred to as "districts") located throughout Madera County. They were formed for the purpose of providing one or more specialized service (s) to the residents. Services provided may include water, sewer, road maintenance, lighting, drainage, etc. The Board of Supervisors acts as the Board of Directors for, and on behalf of each property owner in the district. While the Road Department oversees districts providing road maintenance, the Engineering Department, or more specifically, the Special Districts Department, oversees the daily operations of sewer and water districts. Click on any of the districts listed below for more detailed information.

The Special Districts Department has approximately 20 employees working throughout the County to maintain approximately 30 water systems and 15 sewer systems. Districts vary in size from as few as 6 connections to nearly 1000 connections. The cost of running each system, including a reserve for planned and unplanned repair expenses, as well as any needed capital improvement project(s), is considered in establishing rates for residents receiving the service. The number of connections, age, condition of the system, and the demands placed upon it are all factors that affect rates. The Board of Supervisors reviews and approves the Assessments and Service Charges for each district as required under MCC Section 13.89.010(B). A listing of district rates and charges is available at the above link.

For those districts that are metered, you may wish to review the Residential Water Meter Reading Guidelines link for tips on reading your meter and determining whether you might have a leak. We highly encourage everyone to be aware of their water usage and to make every effort at conservation. This in turn will help you avoid surprise fees for excess usage.

Billings are prepared by the County Auditor's Office and are linked to the number of water and/or sewer units allocated to each parcel in a district, as defined by County Ordinances. These units are also used to measure existing capacity and plan for future needs. Most parcels used for residential purposes are allocated 1.0 sewer and/or water unit per single-family dwelling. Parcels used for commercial purposes may be required to have, or to obtain additional units to support different activities and levels of development. Water and/or sewer units may be transferred between parcels within a particular district with the approval of the Board of Supervisors. Please contact our office for further information on how to accomplish this.

Annual reports to the Madera County Environmental Health Department or the California Department of Health Services may be required depending on the size of the district. Water service districts are also required to file an annual Consumer Confidence Report. This report is written to educate consumers about the source (s) and quality of their water, and is distributed to all property owners served by the district. A copy of the Consumer Confidence Report may be found under each of the districts listed below. Be aware that there is a one year lag time in these reports; i.e., the report dated 2008 contains all test results collected in 2008, but the report is not written or released until approximately June, 2009. The reports require Adobe Acrobat 5 for viewing and/or printing.

Two other ordinances affecting districts are the Madera County Grease Trap Ordinance (MCC Ch. 13.66) for sewer systems and the Madera County Water Conservation Ordinance No. 532 (MCC Ch. 13.55) for water systems. Please refer to the links to learn your rights and responsibilities. Since water conservation is of great importance to all County residents, the following link, "Simple Ways You Can Save Water," has numerous helpful suggestions on how to conserve water and energy.

We hope this has provided you with an overview of the County's Maintenance Districts and Service Areas. If you have any further questions, please contact the Madera County Engineering and Special Services Department at (559) 675-7820.

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