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Proposed 2022 Water and Sewer Rates

Staff proposed 2022 water and sewer rates to City Council at its March 15 meeting. Proposed 2022 rates will add a little over $4 per month to the average customer’s bill compared to 2021 rates. 

Based on City Council direction following a series of water rate workshops, staff incorporated a series of fiscal policy changes into the 2022 rate recommendation process, which resulted in over $700 million of savings over the next 20 years. The proposed rates represent the lowest sustainable cost to our customers while maintaining safe and reliable water and sewer services.

The recommended 2022 water rate increase is 3.98%. The recommended 2022 sewer rate increase is 5.50%.

March 15 Proposed 2022 Water and Sewer Rates and Policy Adjustments Memo

May 24 Proposed 2022 Water and Sewer Rates Community Feedback Summary

June 14 First Reading of 2022 Water and Sewer Rate Recommendations

This 2022 rate recommendation includes a series of capital improvement projects, the most significant of which is the construction of the WATER2025 project. This project is the planned replacement of the City's Semper Water Treatment Facility, is the highest priority Utility project, and is the major driver to the 2022 rate increases.

Average monthly bill impacts for residential customers by water usage:

36,000 gallons a year (about 25% of residential customers)

$2.27 per month

83,000 gallons a year (about 50% of residential customers)

$4.19 per month

150,000 gallons a year (about 25% of residential customers)

$7.13 per month

Proposed 2022 Utility Fund Operating Costs

Water Fund

$29,431,721

Sewer Fund

$12,682,221

Proposed 2022 Capital Improvement Project Costs

Water Fund

$71,213,000

Sewer Fund

$9,638,000

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2022 Water and Sewer Rate Study Sessions

The information below documented study sessions that finished in January 2021.

The City of Westminster held five City Council special study sessions beginning October 8 to discuss water and sewer infrastructure, costs, rates, and future community engagement.

The study sessions were held virtually on October 8, October 20, November 5, December 15 and January 28 from 6-8 p.m.

October 8 Meeting Resources

Presentation

Staff Report

Study Session Recording

Meeting Summary

October 20 Meeting Resources

Presentation

Staff Report

Study Session Recording

Meeting Summary

November 5 Meeting Resources

Presentation

Staff Report

Study Session Recording

Meeting Summary

December 15 Meeting Resources

Presentation

Staff Report

Study Session Recording

Meeting Summary

January 28 Meeting Resources

Presentation

Staff Report

Study Session Recording

Meeting Summary

 

This series of meetings allowed City Council to review every aspect of rates from infrastructure needs to rate structure and set a path forward for additional community engagement on the issue.

Question? 

Contact Andrew Bliss with the Public Works and Utilities Department

abliss@cityofwestminster.us

303-658-2451