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Public Hearing Notice Utility Rate Increase

Why is the City increasing its water and sewer rates?

Unlike some communities, which may rely on private companies to supply water and/or sewer services, the City of Avondale is responsible for serving the water and sewer needs of 22,500 households and businesses in the city. Your water and sewer rates are based on the cost of providing these vital and basic services to you. Your fees pay for the cost of building, maintaining and operating a complex and highly efficient water and sewer system – from wells and reservoirs that deliver clean, safe water to our homes, to pipes and lift stations that carry the city’s waste to a water reclamation facility.

Avondale city staff regularly completes a study of the water and wastewater enterprises to determine if the current schedule of rates and charges are sufficient to generate revenue necessary to meet operating and capital needs. Additionally, over the last few years, the Public Works Department has been developing system master plans to ensure our water and sewer system is adequate to meet the community’s future needs.

Staff has concluded that water and wastewater rates must be increased to support replacement of aging infrastructure. 

Some facts to consider on why this increase is necessary:

  • Avondale residents and businesses have not seen an increase in rates since 2009
  • The city’s water and sewer infrastructure is aging.
  • The cost for regulatory compliance has increased.
  • Proper funding is necessary for preventative maintenance programs which improve reliability in the Cities water and sewer systems.
  • The City is working to ensure the systems are in place to meet the needs of growth and economic development throughout the City.

What will the rate increase mean to me as an Avondale customer?

How much will my water/sewer bill go up?

Avondale’s water and sewer rates are structured to encourage water conservation, and to empower the customer to manage their water consumption in order to keep their water bill low. Customers, who use less than 4,000 gallons a month, pay a much lower rate than those who use more water. The average household in Avondale uses 9,000 gallons-per-month.

  •  Average increase to water customer with 9kgal/month will be $2.49
  •  Average increase to sewer customer who generate 6kgal will be $1.92

AviDrop calculator.jpg  Learn what your water/sewer bill will be based on your own household       consumption, visit http://watercalc.avondale.org to use the bill calculator to      
  help 
estimate the new water bill.

   **please view the sewer rate fee schedule for future sewer charges.



How does Avondale’s water/sewer rates compare to other cities?

Avondale’s rates continue to be on the low end of the scale in comparison to other Valley cites.

   

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When will the rate changes take effect?

Rate changes will take effect for billings beginning in March, 2016.

For more information call 623-333-1000