Water & Sewer Rate Changes Take Effect

Water and sewer customers will notice a change to their monthly bills beginning in March due to rate adjustments approved by the City Council to finance a long list of major repairs and upgrades to both systems over the coming years.  The list of projects, along with detailed explanations of each, can be viewed in the comprehensive Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).  The CIP outlines a strategic path for tackling the most crucial projects over the next five years, but also includes many other projects which can't be funded within the initial five year window.  Those other projects are included in the appendices of the CIP.  The City Council will periodically update the CIP every two years and will, at that time, identify the next most pressing capital needs from the appendices to roll-forward in to the next 5-year planning window.

 

An incomplete summary of projects to be addressed within the first five years includes:

 

Cost of Projects

Example of Projects

2019

$1,300,000

Rehab Well Pump, Replace under-sized sewer line to prevent over-flows.

2020

$1,400,000

Replace water system controls, Replace under-sized sewer line

2021

$1,700,000

Replace 1920’s era water line, Replace aging sewer line

2022

$1,900,000

Replace ¾ mile of 1920’s era water line, Reconstruct 40yr old Sewer Pump

2023

$2,100,000

Replace Water Chlorination Facility, Reconstruct 40yr old Sewer Pump

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q:  How do I calculate my water and sewer bill?

A:  Here is a short 1-page PDF example of how to calculate your water and sewer bill:  How to calculate your new water & sewer bill.

 

Q:  How can I forecast/budget for what my bill will be this summer?

A:  Using the method outlined above for calculating your bill, it is easy to use last year's usage to predict what your monthly bills will be this summer using our new online tool at www.eyeonwater.com.  All you need is your water and sewer account number to set up an eye on water account.  This tool lets you see exactly how many gallons of water you used per month last year.

 

Q:  I don't have time to calculate that.  Just tell me what the average customer can expect to see.

A:  That's a simple question with a complicated answer, because the impact of the change depends entirely on how much water you use.  Larger water users will see a larger impact from the change.  Here is a document which outlines the impacts monthly to a theoretical household, based on what has been determined to be 'typical' usage.  Note again that these impacts are specific to this example.  Your impact will depend on your water consumption.  Example Average Single Family Residential with Landscaping (PDF).

 

Water & Sewer Rates

Sewer Rates, effective March 1, 2019, can be found HERE

The basic residential sewer rate changes are outlined below:

Changes to Residential Sewer Rates

 

Old Rates

New Rates

Base Rate

$27.25

$35

Usage Charge

$0

$3 per 1,000 gal. used in Winter*

*Winter Usage is average monthly water usage in Dec., Jan., and Feb.

 

Water Rates, effective March 1, 2018, can be found HERE

The basic residential water rate changes are outlined below:

Changes to Water Rates

Old Rates

Old Rates New Rates New Rates

Charge

Units of Water Sold per Month

Charge

Units of Water Sold per Month

$19.82

First 3,000 gal.

$30.00

n/a

$1.50

Each 1,000 gal. between 3,000 and 13,000

$0.50

Each 1,000 gal. up to 15,000

$1.25

Each 1,000 gal. over 13,000

$3.50

Each 1,000 gal. over 15,000

 

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