The San Diego County Water Authority Administrative Code contains regulations adopted by the Water Authority’s board of directors governing Water Authority property, contracts, business, operations and other matters.

Revised 4/20/23

Please contact Frances Thompson at (858) 522-6790 for the existence of more recent amendments if you have questions regarding the Administrative Code.

01 General Provisions

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Chapter 1.00: Code Adoption

1.00.040Ordinances and Resolutions

Chapter 1.04: Local Conflict of Interest Code

1.04.040Incorporation of Standard Code by Reference
1.04.050Filing of Statements of Economic Interests
1.04.060Public Officers Who Manage Public Investments
1.04.070Designated employees
1.04.080Designated positions
1.04.100Determination of Conflicts of Interest
1.04.110Application of Other Laws
1.04.130Use or Disclosure of Confidential Information for Pecuniary Gain
1.04.140Restriction on Contracts with Directors

Chapter 1.08: Official Designations

1.08.010Official Seal
1.08.020Principal Place of Business
1.08.030Agent for Service of Process
1.08.040Business Hours and Holidays
1.08.050Designation of Newspapers for Publication of Official Notices; Electronic Notices

Chapter 1.12: Administrative Fines

1.12.020Administrative Fines for Violation of Regulations Regarding Authority Facilities, Property and Rights-of-Way
1.12.040Issuance of Administrative Citations / Notice of Violation
1.12.050Service of Administrative Citation
1.12.060Contents of Administrative Citation
1.12.070Hearing on Administrative Citation
1.12.080Appeal Procedures
1.12.090Enforcement of Administrative Fine

Chapter 1.16: Claims

1.16.010 Requirement
1.16.020 Delegation of Authority
1.16.030 False Claims

Chapter 1.20: Definitions and Interpretation

1.20.010 Definitions
1.20.020 Titles and Headings
1.20.030 Limitation on Liability

02 Administration

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Chapter 2.00: Board of Directors

2.00.010Officers – designation
2.00.020Officers – duties
2.00.030Officers – selection
2.00.040Officers — term
2.00.045Grouping of Directors
2.00.050Emergency Operations
2.00.060Standing Committees
2.00.065Small Contractors Outreach and Opportunities Committee
2.00.066Audit Committee
2.00.070Temporary Committees
2.00.085Standing Committee Recommendations
2.00.090Representative of the County Board of Supervisors
2.00.100Appointment Authority

Chapter 2.04: General Manager

2.04.010Office Established
2.04.050Authority and Duties
2.04.060Assistants and Deputies
2.04.070Delegation of Authority
2.04.080Board – Manager Relations
2.04.090Appointment Authority
2.04.100Departmental Cooperation

Chapter 2.05: Official Duties and Directors Compensation and Reimbursement

2.05.020Reimbursement for Expenses of Office
2.05.030Organizations of which the Authority is a Member
2.05.040Organization Memberships of Authority Employees

Chapter 2.08: General Counsel

2.08.010Office Established
2.08.050Authority and Duties
2.08.060Assistants and Deputies
2.08.070Employment of Special Counsel
2.08.080Board – General Counsel Relations
2.08.090Appointment Authority
2.08.100Departmental Cooperation
2.08.110Limitation on Private Practice

Chapter 2.12: Departments

2.12.010Departments Established
2.12.020General Manager Authority
2.12.030Department Directors
2.12.040Departmental Functions
2.12.050Delegated duties
2.12.060Departmental Cooperation

Chapter 2.16: Personnel

2.16.010Personnel System
2.16.020Scope and Application
2.16.030Personnel Officer
2.16.040Personnel Rules, Policies and Procedures
2.16.050Classification of Positions
2.16.060Compensation Plan
2.16.070Reimbursement of Expenses
2.16.080Fair Employment Practices
2.16.090Political Activity
2.16.100Incompatible Activity
2.16.110Access to Information
2.16.120Contracts for Service

Chapter 2.20: Employer – Employee Relations

2.20.010Purpose and Scope
2.20.030Administration of Employer/Employee Relations
2.20.040Employee Rights
2.20.050Authority Rights
2.20.060Bargaining Units
2.20.070Rights of Recognized Employee Organizations
2.20.080Certification of Recognized Employee Organizations
2.20.090De-certification of Recognized Employee Organizations
2.20.100Meet and Confer Process
2.20.110Memoranda of Understanding
2.20.120Impasse Resolution Process
2.20.130Rules and Regulations
2.20.150Social Employee Association

Chapter 2.24: Fair Employment and Contracting Policies

2.24.010Fair Employment and Contracting Policy
2.24.020Small Contractors Outreach and Opportunities Program

04 Acquisitions & Contracts

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Chapter 4.00: Real Property

4.00.010General Authorization
4.00.020Execution of documents
4.00.030Requirements for Acquisition
4.00.040Approval of Appraisals
4.00.050Purchase Procedures
4.00.060Supplemental Regulations
4.00.070Conveyances for Project Implementation

Chapter 4.04: Goods and Services

4.04.010General Provisions
4.04.020Award and Execution of Contracts — Generally
4.04.030Award and Execution of Contracts — Emergencies
4.04.040Amendments to Contracts
4.04.050Contract Documents
4.04.060Exemptions and Exceptions
4.04.070Open Market Acquisitions
4.04.080Sheltered Market Program – Goods and Services
4.04.090Informal Bids
4.04.100Formal Bids
4.04.110Withdrawal or Correction of Formal Bid
4.04.120Inspection of Supplies and Equipment
4.04.130Use of Brand Name in Specifications; Offers of “Or Equal”; Testing
4.04.140Sole Source Procurement
4.04.150Cooperative Procurement
4.04.160Contracts for Goods and Services with Government Agencies, Nonprofits and Others
4.04.170Procedures for Professional and Technical Services
4.04.180Sheltered Market Program – Professional and Technical Services
4.04.190Procedures for Other Services
4.04.200Procedures for Bid Protests
4.04.210Collusion With Bidder
4.04.220Supplemental Regulations

Chapter 4.08: Public Works

4.08.010General Authorization
4.08.030Sheltered Market Program – Public Works Contracts
4.08.040Authority to Contract
4.08.050Bid and Contract Requirements
4.08.060Required Security for Performance and Payment
4.08.070Project Labor Agreements
4.08.080General Requirements Contracts
4.08.090Design-Build Contracts
4.08.100Supplemental Regulations

Chapter 4.12 Contractors and Bidders


05 Water Service

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Chapter 5.00: Water Service

5.00.010Installation of Service Connections
5.00.020Metering of Water, Meter Readings, Meter Testing
5.00.030Failure to Comply with Delivery Requests
5.00.040Water Allocation
5.00.050Rate Structure
5.00.010Installation of Service Connections

07 Authority Property

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Chapter 7.00: Regulation of Rights of Way and Property

7.00.020General Authorization
7.00.040Prohibited Uses
7.00.050Uses allowed without a permit – Notice to Authority
7.00.060Encroachment Permits – Required – Minor Encroachments
7.00.070Encroachment Permits – Required – Major Encroachments
7.00.080Encroachment Permits – Mandatory Requirements – Major Encroachments
7.00.090Encroachment Permits – Process – Major Encroachments
7.00.100Authority of Director of Engineering
7.00.110Assignment of Encroachment Permit
7.00.120Encroachment Permits – Revocation – Penalty for Violation of Terms
7.00.130Nonexclusive Use of Right of Way
7.00.140Joint Use Agreements
7.00.150Pothole License
7.00.160Guidelines for Parallel Encroachments
7.00.170Violations and Enforcement
7.00.180Statement of Enforcement Policy
7.00.190Leases for Right of Way Management

Chapter 7.04: Use of Authority Buildings and Equipment

7.04.010Use of Authority Buildings
7.04.020Use of Authority Equipment
7.04.030General Restrictions
7.04.040Loan of Equipment to Member Agencies
7.04.050Emergency Use
7.04.060Supplemental Regulations

Chapter 7.08: Surplus Property

7.08.010General Authorization
7.08.020Conveyance of Surplus Real Property
7.08.040Acceptance of Offers to Purchase Surplus Real Property
7.08.050Execution of Documents
7.08.060Conveyance of Surplus Personal Property
7.08.070Procedure for Public Sale
7.08.080Incidental Sale of Low Value or Perishable Items
7.08.090Property with Historic, Cultural, or Educational Value
7.08.100Authority Personnel Prohibited from Purchasing
7.08.110Supplemental Regulations

08 Environmental Review

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Chapter 8.00: Environmental Review

8.00.020State CEQA Guidelines Adopted by Reference
8.00.030Application of Chapter
8.00.040Duties of Board and General Manager
8.00.050Statutory Exemptions
8.00.060Categorical Exemptions
8.00.070Projects for which an Person or Entity other than the Authority is the Applicant
8.00.080Initial Study – Authority Projects
8.00.090Notice of Intent to Adopt a Proposed Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration
8.00.100Public Hearings on Proposed Negative Declarations or Mitigated Negative Declarations
8.00.110Adoption of Negative Declaration or Mitigated Negative Declaration
8.00.120Notice of Completion of Draft Environmental Impact Reports – Notice of Availability
8.00.130Public Hearings on Draft Environmental Impact Reports
8.00.140Responsible Agency – Activities Subject to Chapter 7.00
8.00.150Environmental Documents

09 Intergovernmental Affairs

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Chapter 9.00: Metropolitan Water District

9.00.010Appointment of Metropolitan Delegates
9.00.020Attendance at Meetings
9.00.030Representation of Authority
9.00.040Term of Office
9.00.050Delegate Qualifications, and Non-Director Compensation 
9.00.060Biennial Review
9.00.070Replacement of Delegates Except Upon Contingent Appointment
9.00.080Emeritus Delegates

Chapter 9.04: Colorado River Board

9.04.010Nomination of Representatives
9.04.020Attendance at Meetings
9.04.030Representation of the Authority