If you notice an increase on your next water/sewer bill, you probably didn’t use more water. It’s [most likely] due to a rate increase the City of Snoqualmie says will fund infrastructure, equipment, facilities and operations activities.
Snoqualmie sent out a press release to remind residents/business owners about the newly effective utility rates. According to the release, the graduated rate increases were recently approved by city council following a comprehensive utility rate study and staff recommendation.
Water, sewer and storm water service rates will increase incrementally over the next four years, amounting to an approximate 42% residential increase by 2020.
The biggest increase, though, will be felt by ‘high’ commercial customers as their higher concentrated sewer flows are more expensive to treat. Those ‘high’ commercial rates were predicted to double over the four year period. The council also approved new connection charges for each utility.
The city explained that revenue from the utility rates and connection charges will fund water and sewer main replacements; fire flow improvements; implementation of storm water programs and installation of drainage systems to meet new state requirements; improvements to the wastewater treatment facility; reconstruction and upgrades to lift stations; and 24/7 wastewater operations to protect water quality and public health; and other operational activities.
The last time the city raised utility rates was in 2014, approving a 3-year, 26% increase.
For more information on the new residential and commercial rates visit the City of Snoqualmie website. Low income eligibility requirements and an application for reduced monthly water rates are also posted on the city website.