New Development - General Information

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Please contact Development Services at (530) 642-4028 or by email at services@eid.org to confirm the proximity of your property to District facilities. If your parcel is not adjacent to a District water and/or wastewater line, an extension of the District’s infrastructure may be required. If the development will require additional fire suppression (hydrant(s) and/or private fire service) as a condition of new construction, a line extension will be required.

 If it is determined that your project will require an extension of District facilities, the first step with EID is the submission of a Facility Improvement Letter (FIL) Request.  The FIL review allows District engineering staff to determine if existing system has adequate capacity to serve the proposed development, and will identify what improvements and/or upgrades to EID’s infrastructure might be required to serve the new project. Typically, FILs are processed within 6 to 8 weeks. While we make every effort to issue the FIL within this time frame, processing times may be extended during the peak construction season.

 The FIL will indicate if a Facility Plan Report (FPR) will be required.  FPRs are usually applicable to larger, more complex developments. For more information, please review the Facility Plan Report Guidelines and Transmittal Form. (PDF)

 Once the FIL has been issued and the FPR, if applicable, have been approved, a project can be opened for the construction of the line extension(s) to serve the development. Please refer to the District Line Extension Process  for additional information. Executed agreements, plan approval, any necessary easements, and project bonding, if applicable, must be in place in order to purchase water, wastewater, and/or recycled services for the new development. Once the improvements have been completed and accepted by the District, they will be owned, operated, and maintained by the District.  

Please see below for additional information on the different types of development:

 Single Family Residential:

Prior to purchasing service for a new single-family residential structure, consult with your residential sprinkler designer to verify what size meter will be required to operate the sprinkler system. Our Meter Flow Chart  and the Residential Fire Flow Design Pressures are provided to assist in determining the required meter size.

If your property will be served with EID wastewater service, please review the Residential Sewer Inspection Requirements for information on scheduling the required first and final inspections.

 Second Dwelling/Granny Flat:

The addition of a detached permanent second dwelling on a residential parcel requires a minimum of 1.5 EDUs (equivalent dwelling units) of service (or .75 EDU per dwelling unit). An EDU pertains to the average water demand for a detached, single-family dwelling unit served by a ¾-inch water meter. If the property is served with both EID water and wastewater, additional connection fees will be incurred on both services. Additional connection fees are required to offset anticipated costs for meeting the increased water and/or wastewater demand of the second dwelling. EDU allocation is based on meter size. Please contact Development Services staff at (530) 642-4028 to verify your meter size and determine if additional connection fees will be required to add a second dwelling.

Per EID’s Administrative Regulation 9026 (AR 9026), Water Meters, residential parcels are to be served with a single water meter; therefore, no additional meter will be installed to serve a second dwelling. The new structure will be connected to the existing private service line already in place serving the main dwelling. Should you wish to track the water usage of the second dwelling, keep-track meters are available through a plumbing supplier. EID will not read private keep-track meters and any usage/costs will need to be calculated by the property owner. 

RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER REQUIREMENTS

The adoption of residential automatic fire sprinkler systems for one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses for statewide application was approved by the Building Standards Commission on January 12, 2010 (with an effective date of January 1, 2011).

EID’s system is designed and operated to maintain a minimum operating pressure of 40 pounds per square inch (psi) during normal operations, and a residual pressure of 20 psi during the operation of one or more fire hydrants (fire flow) per the California Code of Regulations Title 22, Section 64602. EID recommends that residential fire sprinklers be designed using these minimum operational pressures. These pressures are at the meter, and do not account for losses through the meter. Actual pressures may be considerably higher. EID recommends the designer measure to static pressure at the meter to ensure the appropriate pipe pressure class is used.

Residential Subdivision or Multi-Family Development:

As previously mentioned, requesting a FIL is the first step of the development process with EID. The FIL will indicate if a FPR will be required and is usually applicable to larger, more complex developments. For more information, please review the Facility Plan Report Guidelines and Transmittal Form.

Once the FIL has been issued and FPR has been approved, if applicable, a project can be opened for the construction of the line extension(s) to serve the development. Please refer to the District Line Extension Process for additional information.

Each lot in a single-family subdivision will require the installation of a single water meter. If the development is to be served with EID wastewater, each lot will require the installation of a single sewer service stub. Multi-family developments can be master metered or the units can be individually metered. Please refer to Administrative Regulation 9026 for more information on metering your multi-family development. Facility Capacity Charges (FCCs) or connection fees for multi-family developments (sharing a common wall) are based on the number of units rather than the meter size, and will receive a 25% discount on the connection fees in place at the time of purchase.   

 Commercial:

Once the FIL has been issued, a project can be opened for the construction of the line extension(s) to serve the development. Please refer to the District Line Extension Process for additional information.

 Refer to the District’s Meter Flow Chart to verify the size of meter(s) required for the development. Should the project require meters larger than 1-inch, please complete and submit a Large Meter Application for review and approval.

 In 2005, the District implemented the installation of sub-meters for commercial developments. Sub-meters can be installed to separately meter commercial establishments that exist within a commercial building or to meter commercial landscape irrigation. If a sub-meter is being utilized to monitor irrigation water, the irrigation water used through the sub-meter is not subject to the sewer commodity charge, thereby reducing the bimonthly charges for wastewater.

Recycled Water:

The District’s Wastewater Facilities Master Plan identifies areas where recycled water may be available. The report is available for review on our website at www.eid.org within the Document Library under Master Plans.

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