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Proposed Rate Changes

The District’s complex water, sewer, and recycled water systems need ongoing maintenance, replacement and improvements. Additional funds are required to repair and replace 50-90 year old water and sewer pipes to avoid emergency projects and prepare for the next wildfire. By investing in our system today, we will lower long-term costs, protect the environment, and ensure long-term, quality service.

The Board of Directors is considering increases to the water and sewer rates that would go into effect July 1, 2022. These proposed rate increases are needed to fund the water and sewer pipeline replacement program and keep up with increasing construction costs. Due to the local economic impacts of COVID-19, the Board did not implement planned rate increases the last two years.

The District continues to actively pursue grant funding. Over the last 10 years the District has received more than $16 million in grant revenue and $64 million in low-interest loans to help offset rate increases. By successfully securing grant funding and operating efficiently, the District continues to have the lowest water and sewer rates in our region.

For more information on what projects the proposed rate increases will fund, visit LINK.

Proposed Rate Increases for Typical Residential Customer

The Board of Directors are considering the proposed rates below and will vote on rates at the May 19, 2022 Board Meeting at 2 p.m., 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe.

The District currently bills quarterly and is in the process of transitioning to monthly billing in 2023. Rates below reflect a monthly and quarterly charge for a typical residential customer.

Monthly Charge Quarterly Charge
Typical Residential Customer Current Proposed Current Proposed
Sewer (based on 3 sewer units) $44.46 $48.02 $133.38 $144.06
Water (based on 6,485 gallons/month $59.75 $65.10 $179.24 $195.31

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. Below are proposed water rates that the Board of Directors is considering. Rates below reflect a quarterly charge.

Proposed Water Rates (Effective July 1, 2022)
  CURRENT PROPOSED
Quarterly Base Rate 2021/22 2022/23
3/4 inch connection $138.16 $150.59
1 inch connection $230.62 $251.38
1 1/2 inch connection $459.97 $501.37
2 inch connection $736.19 $802.45
3 inch connection $1,381.28 $1,505.60
4 inch connection $2,302.50 $2,509.73
6 inch connection $4,603.52 $5,017.84
8 inch connection $7,365.99 $8,028.93
10 inch connection $10,589.70 $11,542.77
Consumption Rate ($/CCF*)  
Single Family Tier 1 $1.58 $1.72
Single Family Tier 2 $2.40 $2.62
Multi Family $1.57 $1.71
Commercial $1.62 $1.77
Non-Metered ($/Quarter)
Single Dwelling Unit $175.17 $190.94
Duplex $290.93 $317.11
Triplex $395.24 $430.81
Fourplex $511.33 $557.35
Each additional unit $85.68 $93.39
Business Establishment 3/4 Inch Connection $253.66 $276.49
Business Establishment 1 Inch Connection $382.65 $417.09
*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. Rates below reflect a quarterly charge per sewer unit. 

Proposed Sewer Rates (Effective July 1, 2022)
  CURRENT PROPOSED
Quarterly Sewer Rate ($/Billing Unit/Quarter) 2021/22 2022/23
Single Family Dwelling $44.46 $48.02
Multi Family Residences $42.94 $46.38
Hotels/Motels/Timeshares $42.21 $45.59
Trailer/Mobile Home Parks & Campgrounds $42.16 $45.53
Non-Residential $44.46 $48.02

Customer Assistance Programs

The District offers a Customer Assistance Program for qualifying low-income residential customers and a Helping Hands Program for emergency assistance. Click here to find out more and apply.