Replenishment Assessment Act
Under the authority of the Replenishment Assessment Act of the Alameda County Water District, ACWD charges operators of water production facilities an assessment based on the quantity of groundwater produced. Replenishment assessment revenue helps pay for ACWD's work to replenish and maintain the Niles Cone Groundwater Basin. Replenishment assessment fees apply only to water producing facilities in the ACWD-managed Niles Cone Groundwater Basin. Water wells, dewatering wells, and chemical investigation extraction wells are considered water production facilities.
Download a copy of the Replenishment Assessment Act.
Replenishment Assessment Rates
Replenishment Assessment (RA) rates are reviewed annually; currently, the assessment is $8.00/acre-foot for agricultural and municipal-recreation uses (the maximum allowed under the Replenishment Assessment Act) and $485/acre-foot for all other uses.
Revenue from the RA helps ACWD offset its costs to replenish and maintain groundwater supplies for the benefit of the users of the groundwater basin. A 5.4% increase in the RA rate for uses other than municipal-recreation and agricultural was adopted by the Board of Directors on April 14, 2020. Effective July 1, 2020, the rate changed from $460 to $485 per acre-foot of groundwater extracted. Only property owners with a well, well owners, and operators of wells (or other groundwater extraction facilities) within the ACWD-managed Niles Cone Groundwater Basin are affected by the increase.
On April 14, 2020 the Board of Directors adopted Resolution No. 20-021, Levying a Replenishment Assessment and finding the Replenishment Assessment exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Pursuant Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-54-20 and as a result of the threat of COVID-19, the Notice of Exemption has been posted to our website and submitted to the State Clearinghouse CEQAnet Web Portal.