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 and wastewater (sewer) rates over a five-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 December 7,2021, the City Council will be considering a series of water and wastewater (sewer) rate adjustments for the years 2022 to 2026. The first rate adjustment under this proposal will take effect on January 2022 if approved.
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 water and wastewater utilities will need rate revenue increases each year over a five year period, 2022 to 2026, to:
- Comply with State and Federal Water Quality law
- Improve Water Supply Reliability
- Repair, Maintain, and Properly Operate Water Supply Infrastructure
City Utility Information
Treated Surface Water & Groundwater Wells
The City of Woodland uses treated surface water and groundwater wells for all water supplies.
- The water is currently safe to drink, but the groundwater 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 store treated surface water in the ground using Aquifer Storage Recovery (ASR) Wells.
City's Water System Age
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.
City's Regional Project
The City completed 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 (emergency and high summer demand). Improvements to local water infrastructure - like pipelines - will also be necessary to pump stored treated surface water throughout the city.
- This cost will be paid with water rate revenues. The project was completed in 2016 and the new Regional Water Treatment Facility (RWTF) is fully operational,
- Learn more on the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency website.
How 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