Most of South Lake Tahoe’s water and sewer system was built in the 1950s and 1960s. Much of this infrastructure needs to be upgraded, repaired or replaced. The District’s financial resources are not adequate to pay for needed facility improvements. The District is considering raising water and sewer rates to provide revenue to:
- Replace undersized pipes, install new fire hydrants, and upgrade pumping and storage facilities to ensure adequate water for firefighting. More than 10% of our water system does not have adequate water capacity to fight a major fire. Replacing undersized, aging and sometimes leaking water pipes increases water supply and pressure to meet firefighting needs.
- Upgrade, repair and replace aging water and sewer pipes to prevent costly emergencies and spills and extend its life.
A five-year series of changes to water and sewer rates were developed to improve the water, sewer and recycled water systems, and lower long-term costs. The proposed rates outlined below are the maximum that can be adopted by the District’s Board of Directors. The Board can choose to adopt a lesser increase or no increase at all during the May 16, 2019 public hearing and at future annual rate hearings.
*Typical residential customer has a 3/4” meter, uses 26 CCF and has 3 sewer units
Proposed Water Rates
Water customers are either charged a Metered Rate (Base Rate + Consumption) or a Non-Metered Flat Rate. A typical metered rate residential customer has a 3/4” meter and uses 26 CCF (hundred cubic feet) per quarter.
|Proposed Water Rates (Effective: July 1st)|
|Current||FY 19/20||FY 20/21||FY 21/22||FY 22/23||FY 23/24|
|Base Rate ($/Quarter)|
|1 1/2" Meter||$469.10||$472.22||$500.56||$530.59||$562.42||$596.17|
|Consumption Rate ($/CCF*)|
|Tier 1 Single Family (0-45 CCF)||$1.09||$1.58||$1.67||$1.77||$1.88||$1.99|
|Tier 2 Single Family (Above 45 CCF)||$1.64||$2.40||$2.55||$2.70||$2.86||$3.03|
|*100 Cubic Feet (CCF) = 748 Gallons|
Proposed Sewer Rates
Sewer customers are charged based on the number of sewer units. A typical residential customer with a kitchen and two bathrooms has 3 sewer units.
|Proposed Sewer Rates (Effective: July 1st)|
|Sewer Rate ($/Billing Unit/Quarter)|
|Single Family Residence**|
|Trailer/ Mobile Home Park/ Campground|
|**Typical single family residence has 3 sewer units|
Past Public Meetings
Below is a record of past meetings and workshops regarding the Prop 218 process. All meetings took place in the Board Room at South Tahoe Public Utility District, 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 2 3:00 pm
|Supporting Documents||Board of Directors vote to approve 4% rate increase for water and 5% rate increase for sewer|
Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm
|Supporting Documents||Board of Directors votes to issue a Prop 218 notice with proposed rate increases
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm
|Supporting Documents||District staff presents on the proposed budget and ten-year financial and capital plan. Rate consultant presents updated rate study results based on direction from the Board of Directors. The Board considers what rate increase should be included in the Prop 218 notice.
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm
|Supporting Documents||District staff presents on water and sewer system needs. Rate consultant presents on costs associated with future capital improvements and how this may impact your rates.
Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:30 am
|Supporting Documents||Rate consultant presents initial results of rate study to the Board of Directors and seeks directions and changes to incorporate into the rate study.
Thursday, December 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm
|Supporting Documents||District staff presents on what has been accomplished over the last five years and what capital improvements are still needed.
For more detailed information on the proposed rate increases:
- Prop 218 Notice with Proposed Rate Changes
- Prop 218 FAQ
- Sewer Rate Study DRAFT
- Water Rate Study DRAFT
The South Tahoe Public Utility District has been carrying out a wide range of upgrades that lower long-term costs, protect the environment and ensure long-term, quality service for your water, wastewater and recycled water systems. In 2014, the District’s Board of Directors approved a series of annual rate increases to help fund more than $50 million in critical improvements to your water, wastewater, and recycled water systems. Below are some of the results from your investments over the last five years.
Water System Upgrades Improve Fire Flow and Water Conservation
- Fire Hydrants and Waterlines - More than 200 new fire hydrants and 23,000 feet of larger waterlines were installed to provide adequate fire flow throughout our community.
- Water Meter Installations - More than 5,400 new water meters were installed with the final 2,000 to be completed in the next two years to meet the state’s mandate. Using water wisely reduces your bill, energy consumption, our carbon footprint, and the need to build new wells.
Wastewater System Improvements Protect Lake Tahoe and Sensitive Habitats
- Treatment Plant - Four vital treatment plant facilities were rehabilitated. This extends the life of these facilities for many decades and maintains the District’s 23 year record of meeting treatment requirements.
- Fallen Leaf Lake - A series of sewer system improvements have been completed to reduce operating costs and the risk of sewage spills in this beautiful and sensitive area.
- Upper Truckee Marsh - Encroaching river flows have been returned to their proper channels, thereby protecting the sewer collection system and reducing the risk of sewage spills into the marsh.
Recycled Water Improvements Protect the Environment and Lower Costs
The District exports all of our treated wastewater out of the Tahoe Basin to keep Lake Tahoe blue.
- Luther Pass Pump Station - This station pumps an average of 3.9 million gallons of recycled water per day over Luther Pass and has been in continuous operation since 1968. Pump upgrades, new high-efficiency motors, and new electrical and control gears were completed to increase the reliability and efficiency of this critical pump station.
- Alpine County - The new irrigation and energy recovery facility is producing alfalfa and enough hydro-electricity to power 55 homes.