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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Utility rates information published for May 20 hearing

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Ahead of a May 20 public hearing, the City has mailed detailed information and launched a Utility Rates webpage to explain proposed increases to charges. 

The public hearing is set for the City Council’s regular meeting starting at 4:30 p.m. May 20 at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

Every five years, charges for water, waste water and storm water pollution prevention are subject to review. On March 18, the City Council received presentations on rate studies as an early step toward setting charges for the next five years. As proposed, rate increases would cover costs for providing service, keep pace with increased charges from outside agencies and fund capital improvements to ensure safety and reliability of the systems.

Based on the proposed rates, starting in July 2019, a typical single-family residential household customer that uses 17 units of water (about 13,500 gallons) during a two-month period would experience a combined monthly increase of about $23 -- $8.03 for water, $11.09 for wastewater, and $4 for clean-water.  A similar rate increases would begin January 1, 2020, and on the following New Year’s Days through 2024.

Detailed information can be found in these analyses of  Proposed Water Rates (PDF), Proposed Wastewater Rates (PDF), and Proposed Clean Water Rates (PDF) and in the Prop 218 Notice to Ratepayers (PDF).

Collectively, for all three utility services, the proposed rate increases would generate nearly $5 million over a five-year period for critical maintenance and rehabilitation of utility infrastructure throughout the City.

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