Our Service Area
The Rancho California Water District (Rancho Water/District) serves the area known as Temecula / Rancho California, which includes the City of Temecula, portions of the City of Murrieta, and unincorporated areas of southwest Riverside County. The District’s service area is bound on the southwest side by the Santa Ana Mountains, and on the northeast side by Gavilan Hills.
The elevation of the valley floor ranges from 900 to 1,200 feet above sea level. However, the District pumps water to a maximum elevation of 2,850 feet for some pressure zones in its service area. In the surrounding foothills, the elevations range from 1,200 to 2,900 feet above sea level, with slopes often greater than 20%. The District’s current service area represents 100,000 acres, and the District has 970 miles of water mains, 39 storage reservoirs, 4 storage tank reservoirs (recycled water), 5 wet weather storage ponds (recycled water), one surface reservoir (Vail Lake), 43 active groundwater wells, and 45,000 service connections. More than 150,000 people are served by Rancho Water.
The District is independent of and overlaps other local public agencies’ jurisdictions. Also, there are several public agencies, including the County, that operate within the District’s jurisdiction. These public agencies are exclusively responsible for the administration of their own fiscal affairs, and the District is not entitled to operating surpluses of, or responsible for, operating deficits of any of the other entities.
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