In this short video, learn how utility rates are established.
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Utilities' Rates Overview
Utility rates are approved by City Council as part of the City’s budget. Before the proposed budget reaches City Council, it is thoroughly reviewed by the Environmental Services Commission, a seven-member citizen advisory commission. A public hearing is also held to review public comments before the Commission provides a recommendation and the City Council decides on approval.
What is considered in the budget?
- We want to maintain stable and predictable rates to avoid large rate increases in the future.
- We want to keep our rates competitive with neighboring cities.
- We want to meet the long-term needs of our customers and community.
- We want to ensure we provide the level of service expected by customers.
What does the average utility bill look like?
The table below shows the rate impact over the next two years broken down by cost driver for the typical single-family bill.
As the table shows, rates will increase by 6.7% in 2023 and 5.8% in 2024.
When you pay your bill, you are getting:
- Safe, reliable, high-quality drinking water. We maintain over 600 miles of water mains and 24 reservoirs that store over 40 million gallons of water. Learn more about how we continually protect your water’s safety and quality.
- Protection of our waterways from pollutants. We maintain over 80 miles of open streams, over 800 acres of protected wetlands, and over 20,000 storm drains.
- Protection from flooding. We maintain over 400 miles of pipe that keep rainwater flowing away from streets and properties.
- Sewage overflow prevention. By maintaining over 600 miles of sewer mains, Utilities safely delivers your wastewater to King County treatment facilities.
Water Service Charges
Service charges are based on the size of your meter and the amount of water you use. Water use is billed in units of 100 cubic feet (1ccf). 100 cubic feet of water equals 748 gallons.
Sewer Service Charges
Service charges for single-family homes include a wastewater treatment charge from King County Metro and volume charges based on average water use between December 15 and June 15. Multifamily has a per-unit rate with additional charges based on water use over the minimum amount. Wastewater charges for businesses are based on a charge from King County Metro and a volume charge determined by your water use.
Storm and Surface Water Service Charges
Flood prevention/care of streams and lakes service charges are based on the square footage of your property and the percentage of impervious surfaces (roofs, driveways, decks, etc.)