2021 Proposed Rate Adjustment


Future rates to keep pace with providing safe, reliable service

Western to consider new water and sewer rates in Spring 2021 

In Spring of 2021, Western’s Board of Directors may consider a new rate proposal to help water and wastewater (sewer) rates keep pace with the increasing costs to provide safe, reliable, high-quality water and wastewater (sewer) services. The necessary rate increase proposal is essential to maintain and repair the crucial infrastructure that keeps your water safe and reliably flowing to and from your homes. 

Western conducts a cost-of-service study each year, which informs us of any rate adjustments that might be needed to keep pace with the increasing costs of imported water, operations, maintenance and environmental and regulatory compliance. The results of the study and rate recommendations are not in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Your water flows through hundreds of miles of open aqueducts and pipelines, and this journey to your tap is expensive. In fact, nearly 50 percent of Western's costs to bring you safe, reliable, high-quality drinking water are tied to the costs of imported water and energy—costs that are out of Western's control and increasing by 3.5 and 7 percent, respectively. 

Western is dedicated to keeping costs as low as possible for our customers, working tirelessly to keep our operations as cost-efficient while ensuring water supply and system reliability. As a not-for-profit public agency, Western does not make a profit. We can only charge customers the cost to provide you and your property reliable, safe, quality on-demand service 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Questions? We’re here to help.

If you have questions about your water budget, current rates and charges, understanding your water bill, or available water use efficiency programs that can help you, call 951.571.7104 or email billing@wmwd.com