Water and Sewer Rates

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Current Water and Sewer Rates

Effective 7/1/16
The City’s monthly charge per billing unit:
(1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons)

Rate Description

Cost

   Water Base Fee*    $9.98 per month
           Base Fee Drought Surcharge      0.74 per month
   
   Water Usage Tier 1 (1-8 Units)    $6.92 per Unit
           Drought Surcharge Tier 1      1.10 per Unit
   
   Water Usage Tier 2 (9+ Units)    $8.65 per Unit
           Drought Surcharge Tier 2      1.37 per Unit
   
 Sewer Treatment Base Fee    $8.57 per month
 Sewer Treatment**    $9.44 per Unit

 
These rates are approved by the City Council in accordance with Proposition 218 and are subject to change.

With monthly usage of at least 2 units, the cost per gallon of water—including the base fees and sewer treatment—is less than 4 cents.

* A 5% Utility Users Tax is applied to the entire Water portion of the bill, including the base fee and all surcharges.
** Sewer usage is not billed by tier. The per-unit rate applies to all usage.


Method of Billing

Water and sewer usage is billed in whole units, meaning partially used units will roll into the next month’s usage cycle. For example:

If a customer uses 3.8 units of water in March, they will be billed for 3 units, and the 0.8 will roll into April. The customer then needs only use 0.2 units in April to complete a full unit to be charged on the next bill. This can create a scenario where a customer may use less water than the prior month and actually receive a larger bill.

Month Units Used  Rollover  Units Billed  Cost 
 March  3.8   3  $24.06
 April  3.2 + 0.8  4  $32.08


Rate Review & Increases

Water and sewer services are operated as an enterprise fund which means revenues to support operations and capital improvements must be born by the rate payer. Water and sewer funds are reviewed annually by the City Council at a public hearing. Upon completion of the review, Council then determines the appropriate rate for service. Traditionally, if rate increases are needed, they are implemented at the beginning of the new fiscal year, July 1st, and all rates are prorated accordingly.