Construction: new connections

Although San Juan Water District’s Retail service area is nearing build-out, there remains opportunity for new development.  New development is guided by the appropriate county general plan, and new development projects are first approved through the county and city planning departments before San Juan Water District becomes involved.  San Juan Water District only provides water service, and therefore we work with the various city and county planning departments, and affiliated entities (such as the fire departments), to assist developers and parcel owners to connect their project to the water supply.

Development project that are to be connected to San Juan Water District facilities must comply with our Ordinances.  Typically the process is to submit your preliminary or conceptual site plan to the Engineering Department for an initial consultation.  This consultation will identify the requirements and improvements necessary to provide water service to the project.  Continuing forward the process becomes more involved. 

Development projects range from single family residential, minor subdivisions (less than 5 parcels), and larger subdivisions (5 parcels or more), commercial, and industrial.   Project complexity varies with the project type and size.  The specific requirements for any project, no matter what size or type, may vary and are determined for each project as it is reviewed.  Processing development projects through approval and construction in general requires the following:

Subdivision, Commercial or Industrial Project:

  • Submittal of an Application for Water Service, or Initial Review Application form (by Owner or Agent).
  • A deposit for design review, and construction inspection and materials testing (by Owner or Agent).
  • A fee for pressure and flow analysis, and/or other design support requests (by Owner or Agent).
  • Submittal of development design drawings for approval of the water facilities (by Owner or Agent).
  • Preparation of a Connection Fee Quote (by SJWD).
  • Execution of a Conveyance Agreement between the property owner and the District (by SJWD and Owner).
  • Submittal of a Performance Bond, and Maintenance Bond (by Owner or Agent).
  • Submittal of insurance documents (by Owner or Agent).
  • Provision of any necessary easements (by Owner or Agent).
  • Determination of the value of the water facilities (Letter of Pipeline Value; by Owner or Agent).
  • Transfer of new water facilities to the District (Bill of Sale; by Owner).
  • Submittal of as-built documents and drawings (by Owner or Agent).
  • Preparation of a Letter of Acceptance (by SJWD).

Single Residential Project:

  • Submittal of an Application for Water Service (by Owner or Agent).
  • Preparation of a Connection Fee Quote (by SJWD).
  • Payment of fees and charges required to obtain service (by Owner).
  • Installation of any facilities or improvements as necessary (by Owner).
  • Completion of a Will Serve Application (by Owner and SJWD).
  • Approval of installed facilities, and/or the water meter (by SJWD).
  • Initiation of Water Service (by SJWD).

According to the District’s Ordinances new development and water service connections must be funded by the project owner.

Any new facilities or improvements needed to provide water service to a development project must be constructed in accordance with District standards and specifications Checklist.

Developers are encouraged to review the FAQ’s (here), reference the Development Project Checklist , or contact the Engineering Department to obtain further information or answers to questions related to development and new water connections. 

Connection fees (Capital Facilities Fees) and other fees and charges are reviewed and subject to change annually.  Information on current fees and charges can be found (here) .  Connection fees are paid for at the time that the water meter is issued, at the then-current rate.