Budget in Brief

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The district provides water, wastewater, and recycled water services to 171,000 people. In fiscal year 2017, we will collect $80 million in revenue and spend $54 million on daily operations. In fiscal years 2016 and 2017 we plan to invest $44.6 million in capital improvements.

We want you to know where the money comes from, where it goes, and what we accomplish with it.



  Total Revenue for fiscal year 2016 is $71 million 

Where the Money Comes From

Customers pay the cost of services they receive.

Developers, building homes and businesses that will need DSRSD services, pay their share of current and future infrastructure costs.

Businesses and individuals pay fees for permits, inspections, and other services.

The district earns interest on investment accounts.



   Operating Expenses Budget for 2016 is $53 million

Where the Money Goes


The annual Operating Budget forecasts revenue and spending for daily operations. Operating expenses include:

  • Wages and benefits for our 113 employees who deliver services and operate facilities 24/7, plus all costs related to retiree benefits.
  • Purchases of potable water from our wholesale supplier, Zone 7 Water Agency, a cost passed on to water customers.
  • Materials and utilities such as chemicals, supplies, and power.
  • Contracts with outside experts such as lawyers, auditors, and specialized engineering firms; joint powers agreements with partner agencies.
  • One-time equipment purchases (vehicles, equipment, software) and debt payments on major infrastructure.

Capital Improvements

The two-year Capital Improvement Budget authorizes major replacement and expansion projects based on a ten-year plan.

Current customers pay for replacing existing assets. Here are some example replacement projects in the current budget.

  Capital Improvement Budget for fiscal years 2016 & 2017 is $44.6 million 
  • Water: upgrade the electronic control and communication systems between pump stations and reservoirs, re-coat the exterior and interior of a water reservoir, replace recycled water microfiltration membranes.
  • Wastewater Collection: reline 1.5 miles of sanitary sewer main (33 to 42 inches in diameter) that is 55 years old.
  • Resource Recovery from Wastewater: rehabilitate a treatment clarifier, repair a biofilter that treat odor; replace pump-speed and flow-control equipment.

Developers pay for expanding water and wastewater systems on behalf of future customers. Developer fees also purchase capacity in the community's existing infrastructure. Here are some example expansion projects.

  • Water: extend recycled water pipelines to western Dublin, expand treatment capacity at the Jeffrey G. Hansen Water Recycling Facility.
  • Wastewater Collection: update Capacity Reserve Fee Study and Collection System Master Plan.
  • Resource Recovery from Wastewater: begin constructing fourth anaerobic digester, update the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Biosolids Master Plan.

The costs for general projects, such as upgrading software to electronically manage district records, are allocated across all categories.


Want to Know More?

These documents in our online library provide in-depth information.

  • Budget in Brief, Fiscal Year 2017: a printable version of this page, with additional information about accomplishments and goals.
  • Strategic Plan: serves as a framework for decision making over the next five years, outlining the board of directors’ goals and the steps to accomplish them.
  • Operating Budget: forecasts revenues and day-to day spending over the next two fiscal years.
  • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Ten-Year Plan and Two-Year Budget: identifies, prioritizes, and schedules capital improvement projects for a ten-year period, outlines a plan for generating the financial resources needed to complete them, and authorizes projects for the next two years.

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