Every three years the District conducts a cost of utility service study to ensure that our customer classes are paying a rate that approximates the cost of providing them service. Periodically the District adjusts rates within classes so that rates are fair and equitable. The District has not increased water rates since January 1, 2011; with new rates taking effect on October 1, 2013, this is nearly three years without an increase. Sewer rates were last increased on January 1, 2012, nearly two years ago.
As a public utility, the District must set fees and charges to cover all of the costs of providing water and sewer service. Due to inflation and increased costs from King County for sewer treatment and Everett, for wholesale water supply, as well as the ability to complete capital projects and maintain quality of infrastructure and services, new rates will increase on October 1, 2013. To further the District’s conservation goals and to provide basic water and sewer services at an affordable price, the District restructured its water rates and how single family residences are charged for sewer service.
The purpose of the rate restructure is to incorporate year-round conservation, to eliminate the winter/summer rate differential, and provide basic water and sewer services at an affordable price. For most single-family residences, the total water and sewer bill will increase less than 2 percent, under the new rate structure.