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Proposed Water and Sewer Rate Changes

The proposed new water and sewer rates are recommended following an in-depth cost of service study based on industry standards and best practices and are designed to…

  • Be Equitable – you pay for what it costs us to provide you service without subsidizing other customers
  • Be Affordable – water needed for life is still provided at a low rate
  • Encourage Wise Water Use – excessive water use is charged at a higher rate to encourage customers to conserve water

The proposal includes multi-year rate increases from 2020-2024 to secure funding for critical water and sewer projects that need to move forward now. Starting in 2025, customers will see a small increase in water and sewer rates each year to ensure future funding.

We anticipate that the rate and fee adjustments will be effective January 1, 2020 upon approval by Metro Council.

Proposed Rate Increases for 2020

For both water service and sewer service, customers’ bills will include a fixed charge, a volumetric rate, and an Infrastructure Replacement fee.

Fixed Meter Charges

Fixed meter charges for both water and sewer service are determined by the size of your water meter. Fixed meter charges cover costs for readiness to serve and are the same for both residential and commercial customers.

Water and Sewer Rates by Meter Size
Meter Size Water Sewer
5/8-inch $5.09 $8.14
3/4-inch $12.12 $36.00
1-inch $15.28 $46.58
1.5-inch $26.85 $90.67
2-inch $37.91 $127.38
3-inch $60.58 $158.59
4-inch $137.72 $449.98
6-inch $171.93 $536.44
8 and 10-inch $223.72 $686.89

Volumetric (or usage) Rate

The volumetric rate for both water and sewer service is determined by how much water you use.  Volumetric rates are different for residential and commercial customers.

Residential Water and Sewer Rates by Volume
Residential Volumetric Rate Water Sewer
0-2 CCF $0 $0
3-6 CCF $3.50 $5.85
7-10 CCF $4.20 $5.85
11+ CCF $5.25 $5.85
Commercial Water and Sewer Rates by Volume
Commercial Volumetric Rate Water Sewer
All usage $2.75 $5.85

Infrastructure Replacement Fees

The Water and Sewer Infrastructure Replacement fees create dedicated funding for replacing old infrastructure.

Water Infrastructure Replacement fee – will equal 10% of your water service charges (fixed charge plus usage).

Sewer Infrastructure Replacement fee – will equal 10% of your sewer service charges (fixed charge plus usage).

Resources for Residential Customers

Resources for Commercial Customers

Commercial Customer Open House

Commercial customers are invited to come talk with a customer service representative about how your bill will be affected by the proposed rate increases.

Water Services Customer Service Building
1700 3rd Avenue North

  • Saturday, November 23
    10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, December 17
    5:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Resources for Developers

Metro Water Services Cost of Service Study

The proposed new water and sewer rates are based on an in-depth Cost of Service Study completed by Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. for Metro Water Services. The goals and objectives of the Cost of Service Study, as identified by Metro Water Services, included developing a thorough understanding of the following items:

  • The costs of providing water and sewer service to different customer classes
  • Alignment of revenues under the existing rates with the costs of providing service
  • Options for implementing tiered residential rates and the impacts of doing so
  • Maintaining affordability of service for customers
  • Multi-year water and sewer rate projections that support long-term financial needs.

Download the complete Water and Sewer Financial Planning and Cost of Service Study.