Welcome to the

 Rand Communities Water District Website!

We are situated in the high desert area of Southern California in beautiful Johannesburg.  We serve great tasting water to the communities of Randsburg, Johannesburg, Red Mountain and Atolia.

We accept in-person payments through the window farthest from the office door.  The office lobby is closed to the public. 

We accept cash, checks, and credit card payments for water bills.  We do not accept American Express.  You may pay your bill online by clicking the link below.  There is also a phone number for taking payments over the phone on the online payment page.

Click on the link below to make credit card or phone payments at any time directly to your water account:








Awards Won



Active Meters








Meeting Minutes


Arsenic Notices

Audit Reports

Employment Opportunities

Water Customer Shut-Off Information

News and Events

Board Meetings

Please see Agendas page for specifics on meetings.
Meetings are open for the public to attend in person.

The next special board meeting will be:

No meeting scheduled  

To access dial 669-900-9128 on your phone:


The next regular board meeting will be:

May, 11 2022 at 7:00 pm  

To access dial 669-900-9128 on your phone:

Water Outages


None at this time



RCWD has scheduled a planned service outage and is notifying the community of these activities. Areas affected are between Oompaul and Saint Elmo, on both sides of Piute. Starting Friday, 17 June 2022, at 8:00 AM PDT to 12:00 PM PDT, water service will be interrupted to permit upgrades to safety related equipment.

Average Well Arsenic Levels

California Standard is 10 ppb (parts per billion)

Prather Well 2 – 11.00 ppb average (main well supplying water).

Prather Well 1 – 22.50 ppb average (standby well).

The wells meet the required levels for all other tests.


None at this time.

Grant Status for Arsenic Remediation

The grant has been awarded. Construction will start fall of 2021 to finish Prather Well 3, construct a blending tank, install a 4th booster pump by the blending tank, and replace some of the transmission line.





  • Fill Bathtub Halfway or Less.  This can save 12 gallons of water per bath.
  • Install Aerators.  This can save 1.2 gallons per person per day.
  • Fix Leaks.  This can save 100 gallons or more per month depending on the size of the leak.
  • Install High-Efficiency Toilets.  This can save 19 gallons per person each day.
  • Recycle Indoor Water and Irrigate Your Garden.  This can cut water use by 30%.
  • Take 5-minute Showers.  This can save 12.5 gallons per shower when using a water-efficient showerhead.
  • Turn Off Water When Brushing Teeth or Shaving.  This can save 10 gallons per person per day.
  • Wash Full Loads of Clothes and Dishes.  Washer: saves 15-45 gallons per load.  Dishwasher: saves 5-15 gallons per load
  • Evaporative Coolers.  Direct the water to drain to plants in your landscape.  Maintenance your cooler annually for more efficient cooling.  


  • Use Water-wise Plants.  It is best to use water-wise, California-native plants when possible.
  • Install Drip Irrigation & Add a Smart Controller.  This can save 15 gallons each time you water.
  • Use a broom to Clean Outdoor Areas.  This can save 8-18 gallons every minute.
  • Use Drought-resistant Trees & Plants.  This can save 30-60 gallons per 1000 sq. ft. each time.
  • Adjust Sprinkler Heads & Fix Leaks.  This can save 12-15 gallons each time you water.  A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen can waste about 6300 gallons of water per month.
  • Use Mulch.  This can save 20-30 gallons of water per 1000 sq. ft. each time you water.
  • Reimagine Your Yard.  Feed your vegetables and fruits water first because they feed you!  Water-wise plants and shade trees use little or no water once established.  Thirsty plants such as lawn and container plants are the lowest priority.


  • Find your meter box, which is typically located in the front of the property near the street.  It is housed in a concrete or plastic box.  Be very careful as some meter boxes have very heavy lids.  Make sure the top is secure before you look in the box.  Carefully remove the lid by using a tool such as a large screwdriver.  Insert the tool into one of the holes and lift the lid off.
  • Once you open the meter box lid, look for insects such as spiders and proceed with caution.  Lift the protective cap on the meter.  On the face of the meter there is a large dial and display of numbers.  For the typical residential meter, each rotation of the dial measures 10 gallons.
  • Read the number register from left to right, just like the odometer in your car.  Be sure to include the stationary zero.  This is your meter reading at that moment.
  • All District meters read in gallons.  You can compare that reading to what your bill states but keep in mind that you might be checking your meter on a date different from the one used for billing.  The District typically reads the meters on the 24th day of the month.
  • The triangle in the meter area to the left of the register indicates by turning that water is going through the meter.  If it is turning and you believe that no water is being used, you may have a leak that needs to be addressed.  All pipes coming from the meter leading to your property are your responsibility.  The District is only responsible for pipes from the street to the meter.