Proposed Increases to Water and Wastewater Rate Revenue 2021-2025 

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Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Water and Wastewater Rates and Temporary Water Shortage Charges 

Read Proposition 218 Notice:

 English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)



Public Hearing 


Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at or after 5:00 p.m.


Investing in Reliable Water Service 


The proposed changes to the rate structure and proposed increases in water, recycled water, and sewer service charges reflect the need to maintain financial resiliency and meet our financial and service obligations, which include the following:

  • Meeting legal and regulatory requirements
  • Maintaining, replacing, and rehabilitating aging water and sewer systems
  • Increasing cost of energy to deliver and recycle water
  • Increasing cost for the purchase of water from Sonoma Water
  • Emergency response and recovery.


Dependable, High-Quality Water Service Depends on You



Every day, around the clock, Santa Rosa Water delivers safe, clean, high quality drinking water through extensive infrastructure systems conveniently to your tap. After water is used by homes and businesses and captured in the City's sewer collection system it is conveyed to the City's Laguna Treatment Plant that produced recycled water and biosolids that are beneficially reused. 

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Proposed Increases to Water and Wastewater Rate Revenue

Santa Rosa Water is proposing the following schedule for increases to its water and wastewater rate revenue for fiscal year (FY) 2021/22 through FY 2024/25, as presented below. The rate revenue increases will be effective July 1 each year or as soon thereafter as administratively feasible, with notice provided to customers not less than 30 days before the effective date of the adjustment.



Fiscal Year 

Water Service

Wastewater Service

FY 2021/22

2.0%

2.0%

FY 2022/23

3.0%

2.0%

FY 2023/24

3.0%

2.0%

FY 2024/25

4.0%

2.0%


To view proposed rate schedules for water service and wastewater service, including how to estimate your water bill, view the Prop 218 Notice English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

Average Customer Bill 


For the average residential customer with a 5/8 inch meter and using 7,000 gallons during the peak summer months (based on a sewer cap of 4.4 or 4,400 gallons) the total monthly bill would increase by $2.38 in 2021.




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Proposed Changes to Temporary Water Shortage Charges  

A water shortage may be declared when the water supply available to the City is insufficient to meet the normally expected customer water demand at a given point in time. A water shortage may be caused by drought, natural or human caused disasters, climate change, and/or regulatory constraints. The Shortage Plan provides guidance for managing and mitigating water shortages with steps designed to respond to actual conditions and allow for efficient management of limited water supplies in order to ensure water availability for public health and safety needs.

To view the proposed changes to the Temporary Water Shortage Charges, including the Excess Use Penalty, view the Prop 218 Notice English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

To learn more about the City's Urban Water Management Plan, that includes the Water Shortage Plan, visit srcity.org/UWMP