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Roseville, Calif. – Following a several month rate case process, City Council approved a water utility rate proposal on December 16.

As a result, Roseville water customers will see changes to their bill beginning February 8, including the elimination of the 15 percent drought surcharge. (A typical single family home can expect to see a 20% price hike)

Environmental Utilities recommended this rate increase proposal based on several key factors, including:

  • Rate restructuring that transitions Roseville water rates from tiered volumetric rates to uniform volumetric rates to better align the rate structure with the San Juan Capistrano court decision
  • Necessary revenues needed to meet the utility’s financial and service obligations for ongoing operation and maintenance, debt coverage bond covenants, water system rehabilitation, and  maintaining healthy reserves
  • Cost recovery as a result of a fourth consecutive year of a drought and reduced water supplies and sales, stringent state-mandated water conservation regulations, and drought-specific cost increases

What customers will see on their bills

A typical single family home using 12 CCF (hundred cubic feet) of water can expect to see their monthly water bill increase about (~20 percent) $5.52 a month, from about $26.81 to $32.33.  An increase in July 2016 would increase the bill to about $36.25.  To mitigate the cost impact of the transition to a volumetric uniform rate, the 15 percent water shortage surcharge would no longer be applied to water bills.

Commercial customers would see a 10 percent increase to the current volumetric uniform rate, nominal adjustments to monthly service charges, and the elimination of the 15 percent water shortage surcharge.  Effective July 1, 2016, a 12 percent rate increase would apply to both the monthly service charge and uniform volumetric rate.

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