The City's water and sewer utilities pay entirely for their own operating, maintenance and replacement through user fees and charges. Previously, those fees and charges were not a sufficient source of revenue to cover the overall costs. Costs continue to increase due to new regulations, increasing requirements, higher operating expenses, and higher material costs for the backlog of deferred maintenance that the City is working to complete. The City recently completed the Fall Creek Water System Improvement Project. This project allows the City to not only meet growing demand for water, but also increase water storage capacity, and to meet State and Federal water quality standards.
Effective October 1, 2012, rates based on the water meter size start at $31.60; a flow rate charge based on consumption starts at $1.86 per 1,000 gallons; and the sewer charge for 1 household equivalent (HE) is $42. The City has also adopted a policy to encourage conservation by which customers can apply for a reduction in water meter size so long as the reduction will conform to the California Plumbing Code. Applications are available on the Utility Forms page, or at City Hall.