The Joshua Basin Water District provides water to Joshua Tree, where I lived for 13 years until 2016. I kept my house there and enjoyed visiting. I terminated all utilities except electricity.
Incredibly, unlike other utilities, JBWD still bills you. Under the threat of a property lien, it bills any homeowner with a meter.
Just as incredible, no agency regulates its policies and rates. County offices, county supervisor, state senator, assemblyman and the California Public Utilities Commission all tell me so.
JBWD told me the only way to avoid paying its monthly bill (four times my present home’s water bill) is to sell my house. I just closed escrow.