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A new approach to the price of water

Since 1908, we have worked hard to provide high-quality drinking water at the lowest possible price. Our water rates have traditionally been much lower than other services, in part because we had ample supplies, stable costs, and predictable demands. That reality is changing, and we need a new approach to how our water rates are structured.

Our supplies are becoming tighter, our infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, and our costs to provide service are changing. At the same time, it is more important than ever that we all use water more efficiently. Using water efficiently is the least expensive way to keep your rates lower over time.

Our new rate structure and price increase will help replace aging pipes, pumps, and plant. These investments make our water system more efficient and help ensure water for the future.

Effective June 1, 2018, the price of water will increase on average six percent. The exact amount of the price change on your bill will depend on your customer class, meter size, and water consumption.

  • RESIDENTIAL: For the typical residential customer, the 2018 price of water will increase an average of 2.34 percent or about $7 annually.
  • RESIDENTIAL WITH BOOSTER: For the typical residential customer with booster service, the price of water will increase an average of 11.73 percent or about $30.88 annually. Booster service is provided to customers located in areas served by an additional pumping station and reservoir. These areas are normally on hillsides and cost more to serve. This increase reflects the additional expense required to deliver water to those homes.
  • GENERAL SERVICE: For the general service water consumer with a 1½-inch meter, using 281,520 cubic feet of water, their bill will increase 16.11 percent or about $99 annually.
  • GENERAL SERVICE WITH BOOSTER: For the general service booster water consumer with a 1½-inch meter, using 265,500 cubic feet of water, their bill will increase 24.70 percent or about $178 annually.

To learn more about how our water rates are changing.


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