New Rates Appeared in August Bill
Beginning in July, the City of Morro Bay’s combined water and sewer bill increased in order to fund operations and maintenance of the entire water and sewer system, along with important infrastructure improvements including the new Water Reclamation Facility (WRF). The increase appeared in the August bill for water/sewer use in July.
The new rates are part of a five-year rate plan approved in 2015, along with a $41 per month surcharge to help fund the WRF. The total increase will result in an average customer paying approximately $191 per month for combined water and sewer service.
What are the new rates?
Total proposed WRF water and sewer rate surcharges for a single-family home will not exceed $41 per month ($25 WRF sewer surcharge/$16 WRF water surcharge). Combined surcharges per multi-family or condominium dwelling unit will not exceed $32.80 per month. Surcharges for commercial and other non-residential customers vary based on customer class and water use and will not exceed the levels shown on the tables below.
Keeping rates affordable
City leaders understand the importance of keeping services in top working order while planning for the future. They also understand the hardship that can come with rate increases, and have worked in partnership with community leaders and regulatory agencies to reduce costs. That includes moving the project planning forward now, to avoid additional cost increases associated with increasing construction costs and reduced grant and loan options.
The City has created a water and sewer utility discount program in which low-income customers who qualify for assistance through PG&E CARE or SoCal Gas CARE can also receive a discount from the City of Morro Bay. Qualifying residents will receive a 10 percent discount on the overall monthly utility bill. Click here for more information.
For questions or more information, please contact us by calling 877-MORROBAYH2O.