Utility Rate Information

Sewer Utility

The City of Woodland is responsible for the collection, treatment and disposal of sewage (wastewater) from homes and businesses. The City is committed to providing high-quality, safe and reliable sewer service at the lowest possible cost.

The City's cost for sewer system operations will soon exceed the revenues collected from rates customers pay for sewer service. Therefore, the City is proposing adjustments to annual sewer service revenues. By adjusting revenues the City can continue to:
Ø Properly operate and maintain sewer pipelines, pump stations and the wastewater treatment plant to avoid sewer overflows
Ø Meet or exceed all state and federal regulations, requirements and standards for the collection and treatment of sewage

Documents

2013 Sewer Rate Study

Sewer Rate Summary

Notice of Proposed Sewer Service Rate Adjustments

Ordinance 1555 - Establishing Rates for Sewer Service Adopted November 19, 2013

Water Utility

The City of Woodland is responsible for providing safe, high-quality, reliable water to residential, commercial, and industrial users. The City is proposing to increase water utility revenues by adjusting water rates over a four-year period. Revenues will be used to ensure the City can meet State and Federal water quality laws, and construct, repair, maintain and properly operate water supply infrastructure.

On April 17, 2012, the City Council adopted a series of water rate adjustments for the years 2013-2016. The first rate adjustment under this series took effect January 2013.

Documents


City Will Improve Water Quality, Comply with State and Federal Law, & Make Repairs

The City of Woodland is responsible for providing safe, high-quality, reliable water to residential, commercial, and industrial users. A professional, third-party review of water utility costs showed that the water utility needs 17 percent more revenue each year over a four year period, 2013-2016, to:

Ø Comply with State and Federal Water Quality law
Ø Improve Water Supply Reliability, and
Ø Repair, Maintain and Properly Operate Water Supply Infrastructure.

On December 1, 2015, the City Council approved to lower the 2016 rate increase from 17% to 9.5%, saving $1.5 million dollars for rate payers.  This was primarily due to lower than expected project costs.

Did You Know?

The City of Woodland uses groundwater for all water supplies.

  • The water is currently safe to drink, but the quality is declining.
  • State and federal water quality regulations are also becoming stricter.
  • The least-costly way to meet water quality regulations and avoid more fines for violations is to develop a new source of water.

The City’s aging water system has been operating for more than 100 years.

  • It must be repaired and maintained to ensure good water pressure, replace broken water pipes, maintain existing wells for backup water supply, and construct other projects that will keep the system operating.

The City is participating in a regional project to pump and treat Sacramento River water, which is of higher quality than our groundwater.

  • Surface water will become our primary water source, although we will use some groundwater as needed. Improvements to local water infrastructure – like pipelines – will also be necessary. Woodland’s share of the project cost is estimated at $177 million.
  • This cost will be paid with water rate revenues. When the project is completed in 2016, water supplies will be more dependable, the quality of water will be greatly improved, and the City will be able to comply with increasingly strict state and federal water quality regulations.
  • Learn more at http://www.wdcwa.com/.

How will rate adjustments affect my monthly water bill?

Water rates are calculated by combining the base rate (based on water meter size) with the consumption rate (based on actual water use).

Base Rate + Consumption = Monthly Water Bill

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METERED RATES

The charts below show examples of how the rates will affect the base rate and consumption rate that make up your water bill.

BASE RATE
METER SIZE*

January 2013

January 2014

January 2015

January 2016

2" or smaller

$28.75

$33.00

$38.75

$42.45

3"

$54.00

$62.00

$72.80

$79.75

4"

$89.95

$103.30

$121.30

$132.90

6"

$179.70

$206.30

$242.20

$265.35

*Most residential properties have a 2” meter or smaller.

RESIDENTIAL CONSUMPTION

January 2013

January 2014

January 2015

January 2016

1 CF = 7.48 gallons

Each CF

Each CF

Each CF

Each CF

0-1,200 CF

$0.0191

$0.0219

$0.0264

$0.0290

1,201-3,600 CF

$0.0248

$0.0283

$0.0341

$0.0374

Above 3,601 CF

$0.0325

$0.0371

$0.0447

$0.0491

CF = Cubic Feet. Water meters are read in cubic feet. 1 CF, or unit, is equal to 7.48 gallons.

EXAMPLE: Mr. Jones owns a home and uses 1,700 cubic feet of water per month. To calculate his monthly water bill, he would add his base rate ($28.75) with his metered rate (1,200 CF x .0191 = $22.92; plus 500 CF x .0248 = $12.40). His monthly water bill would be $64.07. That amount could be reduced if Mr. Jones used less water.

NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSUMPTION

January 2013

January 2014

January 2015

January 2016

1 CF = 7.48 gallons

Each CF

Each CF

Each CF

Each CF

Multi-family, Commercial, Institutional, Industrial

$0.0286

$0.0329

$0.0392

$0.0431

Large User

$0.0277

$0.0324

$0.0380

$0.0417

Landscape

$0.0325

$0.0371

$0.0447

$0.0491

CF = Cubic Feet. Water meters are read in cubic feet. 1 CF, or unit, is equal to 7.48 gallons.

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