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Water & Wastewater Rate Changes

Proposed Water Rates

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 desalination. The City has proposed increased water rates to provide revenue needed to fund the costs of providing safe and reliable water service in times of drought. 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 $4.20 $4.89
Next 12 HCF $8.51 $12.97
All other HCF $18.59 $24.27
Multi-Family Residential First 4 HCF (per dwelling unit) $4.20 $4.89
Next 4 HCF (per dwelling unit) $8.51 $12.97
All other HCF $18.59 $24.27
Commercial / Industrial 100% of Base Allotment $6.53 $7.88
All other HCF $15.24 $23.94
Irrigation - Residential & Commercial 100% of Monthly Water Budget $8.51 $12.97
All other HCF $18.59 $24.27
Irrigation - Recreation / Parks / Schools 100% of Monthly Water Budget $3.70 $3.77
All other HCF $18.59 $24.27
Irrigation – Agriculture 100% of Monthly Water Budget $2.43 $3.42
All other HCF $18.59 $24.27
Recycled Water All HCF $2.96 $3.02
Outside City Limits 130% of corresponding in-City rates

Proposed Monthly Fixed Service Charges

Meter Size Current Proposed
5/8” $23.49 $24.50
3/4” $34.19 $35.60
1” $55.61 $57.80
1 1/2” $109.14 $113.29
2” $173.38 $179.89
3” $376.82 $390.77
4” $676.61 $701.54
6” $1,393.98 $1,445.18
8” $2,571.74 $2,666.07
10” $4,070.71 $4,219.93

Update as of 6/14/2016: Water rate public hearing continued to August 9, 2016 at 735 Anacapa Street, City Council Chambers, 2:00pm.

Adopted Wastewater Rates

El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plants

The wastewater rate change is a 5.5% percent increase to the City's current charges for all customer classes. The maximum monthly charge for a single family residential customer increased by $2.51 under the new adopted rates. The adopted increase will fund improvements to and replacement of critical facilities used to treat wastewater, including repair of the City’s aging sewer system, and will fund system operations.

Adopted Wastewater Rate Changes

(1 HCF (Hundred Cubic Feet) = 748 gallons) Total Monthly Wastewater Charges

Customer Class Example Assumed Monthly Usage (hcf/mth) Former  Rates Current Rates Rate Increase
Single Family Residential: Low User
5/8” meter
4 $28.08 $29.63  $1.55
Single Family Residential: Moderate User 5/8” meter
 10  $45.36  $47.87  $2.51 
Multi-Family Residential Building 12 dwelling units
2” meter
60 $371.52 $392.04  $20.52
Commercial Classes 1, 2, & 3  2” meter 60 $195.60 $206.40  $10.80
Commercial Class 4 2” meter 100 $396.00 $418.00  $22.00

* Please Note: Regardless of the amount of water used, the volumetric sewer charge is capped at 10 HCF per month for single family residential customers, 8 HCF per month per unit for multi-family residential (MFR) customers with 1-4 dwelling units and 7 HCF per month per unit for MFR customers with 5 or more dwelling units.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2016