Can you help me understand what volumetric charges mean?

Of course - volume is a measurement that tells you the amount of "stuff" that can fit inside a three-dimensional container. An obvious example is one gallon of milk fills a one-gallon-sized milk jug. The volume of a typical beverage can is 12 fluid ounces. Volumetric is the calculation of volume.

Most water providers in California, including the City of St. Helena, measure and bill water use volumetrically; in other words, by how much is used. The common unit of measure used is Hundred Cubic Feet (HCF) which is the amount of water that would fill a container with a volume of 100 cubic feet. In gallons, one HCF equals 748 gallons.

Show All Answers

1. Where does our water come from?
2. How are these services funded?
3. What is the current condition of our water infrastructure?
4. What infrastructure investment projects are planned?
5. How are water and wastewater rates set?
6. When will City Council decide whether to accept the Advisory Committee’s Recommendations?
7. Can you help me understand what volumetric charges mean?
8. Can you help me understand the idea behind tiered water rates?
9. Can you help me understand the idea behind tiered water rates?
10. Why are my wastewater charges calculated using AWC?