Your water bill is based on a water rate structure that includes a monthly fixed meter charge and a volumetric water use charge. The Monthly Fixed Charge is based on water meter size and covers costs to provide service connections. The Volumetric Rate is based on how much water passes through a customer’s meter.
Residential water rates are broken into three tiers based on each Hundred Cubic Feet (HCF) of water use. Each HCF equals 748 gallons. Tier 1 offers the lowest prices and covers the first 16 HCF of water use during the billing period. Tier 2 prices are charged for water use between 17 and 27 HCF. Water use above 28 HCF per billing period are charged at Tier 3 rates. For example, a shareholder using 30 HCF of water in a billing period would be charged $30.72 for 16 HCF at Tier 1 rates, $25.85 for 11 HCF at Tier 2 rates and $7.98 for 3 HCF at Tier 3 rates. This would result in a $64.55 volumetric charge for the billing period. The volumetric rate increases as shareholders use more water to reflect the increased cost to BSMWC of procuring additional supplies. The Volumetric Charges are added to the Monthly Fixed Charge to determine a shareholder’s total bill.
Bellflower-Somerset offers numerous convenient options for customers to pay their bills. Payments may be made by mail, in-person, by phone, by automatic bill payment and online through our website. Visit www.XpressBilPay.com to pay by check, credit card, debit card or direct from your bank account.
To pay using these methods by phone, call 877-215-5325. Check payments can also be delivered to a drop box outside the BSMWC office at 10016 Flower Street between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Bellflower-Somerset does not offer discounts on water bills. BSMWC rates are based on the costs to acquire groundwater and imported water, along with treatment, distribution, maintenance, groundwater replenishment, debt payments, and general and administrative costs. Rates reflect the true costs to provide these services and charges all customers at standardized rates.
Bill extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis. Shareholders are allowed one (1) extension per year. You must call 562-866-9980 to request an extension before water is turned off. Once water is turned off an extension will not be given.
Yes, Bellflower-Somerset requires a deposit on all new accounts. The deposit is $200 for residential accounts. Deposits for commercial accounts are based upon the average usage by the previous customer at that service address over a two-billing cycle (4 month) period.
For a tenant, the deposit will be applied to the closing bill and the difference will be refunded. Shareholders/owners can request that the deposit be credited to their account after three years of on-time payments.