Water and Sewer Rates to Increase in 2019
Based on a water and sewer rate study conducted in 2018, the rates for water will increase 7% and sewer are set to increase 14% starting in 2019. The goals of the study were to determine equitable charges for all water and sewer customer classes, to continue to promote water conservation, and to maintain existing maintenance and operation levels.
The City's water and sewer systems have seen a slight increase in size over the last five to ten years and the majority of the water and sewer infrastructure is approaching 100 years of age. Therefore, because water usage has declined (primarily due to conservation) and the need to maintain an aging infrastructure has increased, rates needed to be raised simply to maintain and operate the systems at their current levels. These rates will go into effect on the first bill in 2019.
Water usage throughout the city has decreased, primarily due to conservation. Therefore, rates needed to be increased simply to maintain and operate the systems at their current levels. These rates will go into effect on the first bill in 2019.Water charges are based on customer class with an inclining block structure, plus a monthly fixed charge, determined by the size of your water meter. Sewer charges are based on customer class and water usage. In 2017, the City was able to balance the sewer rate schedule with fixed monthly charges and flat rates for all customer classes.
Below is an example of a projected total residential monthly utility bill based on an average usage of 4,500 gallons.
Learn Your Water Meter and Save $$
Reading the Meter
A water meter has seven number slots on the number wheel. The first slot from the right does not move. When the meter’s red needle makes a full revolution, the second slot registers one, indicating the use of 10 gallons of water. The third slot indicates 100 gallons. The fourth slot measures water use in increments of 1000 gallons, and so on. The City reads the meter in 1000 of gallons and indicates the reading, as such, on each monthly utility bill.
Checking for Leaks
The small red gear wheel near the center of the meter spins whenever water is moving through the meter. If you observe the red gear wheel moving, and no water is being used, it indicates a leak somewhere in the residence. (i.e., dripping faucet, leaking toilet flapper, or stuck water softener). Another way to check for leaks is to record the numbers on the meter before going to bed and then again first thing in the morning. If the number has changed and no one used water during the night, a leak may need correcting. For information about the meters or utility billing, please contact Wayzata Public Works at 952-404-5363.