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Proposed Water Rate Changes

Proposed Water Rate Changes for July 2015

Lake Cachuma in drought stateDuring a drought, the City relies on its customers to preserve remaining water supplies through extraordinary water conservation. At the same time, the City faces increased costs to maintain essential water service, including more expensive capital and operating costs to increase drought water supplies from groundwater, water purchases and, potentially, desalination. The City is proposing increased water rates to provide revenue needed to fund the costs of providing safe and reliable water service in times of drought. The proposed water rates reflect the cost of reactivating and operating the Charles Meyer Desalination Facility. To see how the new rates may apply to your bill, use our Water Rate Calculator.

Proposed Water Rate Changes

(1 HCF (Hundred Cubic Feet) = 748 gallons)

Customer Class Tiers Current ($/HCF) Proposed ($/HCF)
Single Family Residential First 4 HCF $3.28 $4.20
Next 12 HCF $6.39 $8.51
All other HCF $13.44 $18.59
Multi-Family Residential First 4 HCF (per dwelling unit) $3.28 $4.20
Next 4 HCF (per dwelling unit) $6.39 $8.51
All other HCF $13.44 $18.59
Commercial / Industrial 100% of Base Allotment $5.32 $6.53
All other HCF $11.61 $15.24
Irrigation - Residential & Commercial 100% of Monthly Water Budget $6.39 $8.51
All other HCF $13.44 $18.59
Irrigation - Recreation / Parks / Schools 100% of Monthly Water Budget $2.79 $3.70
All other HCF $13.44 $18.59
Irrigation – Agriculture 100% of Monthly Water Budget $1.56 $2.43
All other HCF $13.44 $18.59
Recycled Water All HCF $2.24 $2.96
Outside City Limits 130% of corresponding in-City rates

Proposed Monthly Water Meter Charges

Meter Size Current Proposed
5/8” $14.22 $23.49
3/4” $20.23 $34.19
1” $32.23 $55.61
1 1/2” $62.24 $109.14
2” $98.25 $173.38
3” $212.28 $376.82
4” $380.32 $676.61
6” $782.43 $1,393.98
8” $1,442.60 $2,571.74
10” $2,282.82 $4,070.71

Adoption of water rates is tentatively scheduled for March 17th and water rates would become effective starting July 1, 2015. Council’s decision to reactivate the desalination facility is anticipated in May 2015. Water rates will be adjusted to reflect actual costs (with or without desalination) before taking effect. If you have questions about water rates or desalination, you are welcome to attend the public meeting on February 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the City of Santa Barbara Council Chambers. 

 

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2015