The City of Poway has proposed its water and sewer rates for the upcoming year as part of the Proposition 218 process, which is a provision of the state’s constitution that guides how water rates are set.
Poway water customers recently received a mailer with detailed information on the proposed water and sewer rate increases (to be effective Jan. 2018) and the upcoming public hearing on Dec. 19, at which the City Council will consider the proposed changes.
The money the City collects for water and sewer services funds water and sewer operations and capital projects – it is not used for general City operations. Affecting the rate change is the increasing price of wholesale water purchased from the San Diego County Water Authority coupled with reduced water sales, as well as increased sewer treatment costs from the San Diego Metro System. Additionally, the City has scheduled capital improvement projects that are essential to maintain safe, reliable, and cost-effective water and sewer systems for the Poway community.
The proposed 2018 water and sewer rates were presented at a City Council workshop on October 17. (View council meeting "Item 5" to learn more about the cost to provide water and how rates are set.) An earlier community workshop provided an overview where the City’s water comes from as well as the costs associated with the acquisition, treatment and distribution to water customers. (View slideshow here)
As part of the Prop 218 process, a written protest period is provided from Oct. 31 through 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 (the schedule public hearing). The Prop 218 notice provides guidelines as to what qualifies as a formal protest and how to have your voice heard (click here and read section on “Protests”). If a majority protest is not received, the rates will be effective January 1, 2018, appearing on bills mailed beginning in March 2018.