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City Council Approves Water & Sewer Rate Increases
Annual increases over three years
approved at City Council meeting on June 10, 2013

A safe, stable water supply and a dependable sewage collection and treatment system are two of the most basic, critical services provided to the community by Redwood City. No one wants to turn on their faucet and see it run dry, or experience a sewer line break in their neighborhood. And when the next big earthquake hits, having these systems in a condition to resist damage is of utmost importance. The City is constantly working to ensure these systems are up-to-date, dependable, and safe. There are significant and escalating costs involved with making sure your water and sewer services are always available and in good working order. Your water and sewer rates pay for these services (and those rates are used only for these services), and when the City’s cost of providing them goes up, the rates must be raised in order to fund those escalating costs.

Redwood City's approved increases, in each of the next three fiscal years:

  • A 9% increase in each of the next three fiscal years for residential Basic Service Charge and residential Consumption rate for water
    (commensurate increases were approved for commercial water accounts)

The monthly basic service charge for water is increasing by:

  • $1.98/month in year one (from current $22 to $23.98)
  • $2.15/month in year two (from $23.98 to $26.13)
  • $2.36/month in year three (from $26.13 to $28.49)

In addition, the consumption rates (the rate per unit of water used) is increasing as follows:

 

Current

FY 2013-14

FY 2014-15

FY 2015-16

Rate
Tiers

New Cost
per Unit


New Cost
per Unit

New Cost
per Unit

New Cost
per Unit

  0-10 units

$2.93

$3.20

$3.49

$3.80

11-25 units

$3.72

$4.05

$4.42

$4.82

26-50 units

$6.08

$6.63

$7.23

$7.88

   51+ units

$8.58

$9.35

$10.19

$11.11

  • A 9% increase in each of the next three fiscal years for residential sewer rates
    (commensurate increases were approved for commercial sewer accounts)

Residential Sewer Basic Service Charge

Current

FY 2013-14

FY 2014-15

FY 2015-16

Basic Service
Charge

New Basic Service Charge

New Basic
Service Charge

New Basic Service Charge

$57.88

$63.09

$68.77

$74.95

Please note: even with these increases, Redwood City’s water and sewer rates are still at or below average for Peninsula communities.

We know that these difficult economic times are a struggle for many people, and we share your anxiety about escalating monthly bills. While any rate increase is unpleasant, hopefully this increase is not a surprise, as over the last few years we have continually reiterated to the community that annual increases would be necessary for the foreseeable future, due to those increasing costs. And, please understand that every dollar you pay in water and sewer rates goes back into those systems. None of those funds are used for any other purpose.


 

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