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Water & Wastewater Rate Changes

Proposed Wastewater Rates

El Estero Wastewater Treatment Plants

The City's wastewater system plays a leading role in the protection of public health and the environment. This complex system includes 256 miles of sewer mains, 7 lift stations, 25 creek crossings, over 7,000 access structures (manholes and cleanouts), 2 miles of pressurized force mains, and the El Estero Water Resource Center.

Maintaining the wastewater system requires a proactive commitment to investing in the capital infrastructure and resources necessary to keep this vital system operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The proposed rate changes will enable the City to meet the needs of the wastewater system, including operating and maintenance cost, capital improvements, mandated standards of treatment, debt service, contingency reserves, and other financial obligations.

Wastewater Rate Changes

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

Customer Class Example Assumed Monthly Usage (hcf/mth) Current Bill FY 20 Proposed Bill Difference
Single Family Residential:
5/8” meter
9 $50.32 $50.90 $0.58
Single Family Residential: 5/8” meter
12 $53.73 $54.27 $0.54
Multi-Family Residential : 4 or less units 2 dwelling units
8 $66.54 $68.10 $1.56
 Multi-Family Residential: 5 or more units  10 dwelling units 36  $319.06  $327.02   $7.96
Commercial 2” meter 95 $367.65 $396.15 $28.50
Commercial High Strength/ Industrial 2” meter 95 $446.50 $494.00 $47.50

* 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, and 10 HCF per month per unit for multi-family residential (MFR) customers with 4 or less dwelling units. There is no cap for multi-family residential customers with 5 or more dwelling units.

Adopted Water Rates

Lake Cachuma in drought stateThe City experienced significant increases in costs during the drought to provide reliable water sources and ensure public health and safety needs were met. The water rate study conduced in 2017, which determined water rates for August 2017- June 2020, assumed that the drought would come to an end within that period. The current rates, and the rates that will become effective on July 1, 2019, reflect a gradual recovery from the drought costs. To see how the rates may apply to your bill, use our Water Rate Calculator.

Water Rate Changes

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

Customer Class Tiers Adopted($/HCF) Current($/HCF)
Single Family Residential First 4 HCF $4.44 $4.44
Next 12 HCF $12.96 $12.96
All other HCF $23.98 $23.98
Multi-Family Residential First 4 HCF (per dwelling unit) $4.44 $4.44
Next4 HCF (per dwelling unit) $12.96 $12.96
All other HCF $23.98 $23.98
Commercial / Industrial 100% of Base Allotment $7.01 $6.76
All other HCF $23.91 $23.91
Irrigation - Residential & Commercial 100% of Monthly Water Budget $12.96 $12.96
All other HCF $23.98 $23.98
Irrigation - Recreation / Parks / Schools 100% of Monthly Water Budget $4.88 $4.48
All other HCF $23.98 $23.98
Irrigation - Agriculture 100% of Monthly Water Budget $3.01 $3.01
All other HCF $23.98 $23.98
Recycled Water All HCF $4.40 $3.88
Outside City Limits Same as corresponding in-City rates

Monthly Service Charges

Meter Size Adopted Current
5/8” $28.92 $27.36
3/4” $42.10 $39.81
1” $68.45 $64.70
1 1/2” $134.34 $126.92
2” $213.40 $201.59
3” $463.80 $438.05
4” $832.79 $786.51
6” $1,715.72 $1,620.34
8” $3,165.32 $2,989.30
10” $4,979.80 $4,712.41
Last Updated: May 3, 2019
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