Shut-off Policy

Delinquent Accounts

Upon a bill becoming delinquent, California Water Service (Cal Water) shall give the person or entity responsible for payment of the bill (hereinafter referred to as “customer”) a notice of delinquency stating that water service will be discontinued after 60 days. The delinquent notice will be mailed to the mailing address designated on the account. If the mailing address and the address of the property to which water service is provided are different, a second notice will be mailed to the service address and addressed to “Occupant.”

Alternative Payment Arrangements or Extensions

Any customer who is unable to pay for water service within the normal payment period may request an alternative payment arrangement or extension to avoid disruption of service. Options include splitting payments (payment arrangements) for up to six months to pay off the full balance and deferring payments (payment extensions) of the full balance for up to two weeks beyond the due date. Additionally, Cal Water offers a Low-Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA) program, which provides reduced service charges for those who meet maximum income requirements.

Customers who would like to contest or appeal their bill can do so through the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) informal or formal process. Information is located on the back of the bill. Customers who would like to discuss options to avoid a shutoff for non-payment may contact their local Cal Water Customer Center.

Notice to Tenants or Occupants

Cal Water will make a reasonable, good faith effort to inform the occupants, by means of written notice, when the water service account is in arrears and subject to disconnection at least 10 days before water service is shut off. The written notice will advise the tenants/occupants that they have the right to become customers of Cal Water without being required to pay the amount due on the delinquent account, as long as they are willing to assume financial responsibility for subsequent charges for water service at that address.

Final Disconnection Notice

Failure to comply with the terms of an amortization plan for 60 days or more, or failure to pay current residential service charges for 60 days or more, will result in the issuance of a final disconnection notice. The final disconnection notice will be in the form of a door hanger delivered to the premises no less than 5 business days in advance of discontinuance of service.

Restoration of Service

In order to resume or continue service that has been disconnected for non-payment, the customer must pay a re-establishment fee of $50 during business hours and $90 after normal business hours. Payment options are listed below.

  • First option: full balance due
  • Second option: past-due amount
  • Third option: severance amount due, with payment arrangements
  • Fourth option: amortized payment arrangement


For your convenience, the Shut-off Policy is also available in a variety of languages as a downloadable PDF: