998 Changes and Impacts on Water Shutoffs

The statewide Discontinuation of Residential Water Service for Non-Payment (SB 998) is going into effect on February 1, 2020. Residents of the state of California are subject to discontinuation of service if bi-monthly (every 2 months) water bills are not paid within 60 days from the date of bill. 

BSMWC will no longer be distributing 48-hour door hangers on the homes of residents who have not paid past water bills. A reminder notice will be sent to residents 45 days past the water bill due date ($10 late fee applied), and 60 days after the bill’s mail date water will be shut off. All Overdue Notices will be sent to customers at least seven days prior to water shut off. This policy is being enforced across the state of California.

“We want this transition to be as smooth as possible for our shareholders,” said BSMWC General Manager Steve Lenton. “Our online portal will still be available for residents, even though their bills may be shown with new formatting.” 

Click/tap here to view the latest bill format

Water payments can be made by electronic transmission on our website or at the office to any representative authorized to make collections. All bills will show metered service and must be paid using American currency. 

Late charges will be added to a customer’s outstanding balance if bills are not paid prior to the Overdue Notice. Water must be turned off before 4:30 p.m. on the 60th day of mail for all unpaid water bills. You can learn more information and read the full bill on the California Legislative Information webpage



Founded in 1911, the Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water company services approximately 49,000 persons in the Bellflower area. The company has seven active wells in operation that produce 5,265 gallons of water every minute. Bellflower and Somerset merged in 1988 to form Bellflower-Somerset Mutual Water Company. As a mutual water company, BSMWC is owned by the property owners in its service area who are shareholders in the entity. BSMWC is dedicated to delivering high-quality, healthy and cost-effective water for the community. 

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