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Rate Changes

The District’s complex water, sewer, and recycled water systems need ongoing maintenance, replacement and improvements. Current financial resources are not adequate to pay for needed facility improvements. The District is considering raising water and sewer rates to fund:

  1. Community-Wide Fire Flow – While the District has made significant progress, much remains to be done to provide adequate fire flow throughout the entire service area. In the next 5 years, the District would use rate increases to install or replace 180 fire hydrants and upsize waterlines in Bijou, Wildwood, Tahoe Mountains, Tahoe Sierra, Stateline, and Meyers neighborhoods.
  2. Water System Upgrades – Most of the District’s water system as built in the early 1960s and is a collection of undersized, aging and sometimes leaking pipes, Int eh next five years, the District would use rate increases to replace more than 60,000 linear feet of waterlines to improve fire flow and maintain good water quality. The District would also assess and determine the needs of the 12 wells that provide delicious Tahoe tap.
  3. Wastewater System Upgrades - Like the water system, most of the sewer collection and treatment system was built int eh 1960s. IN the next 5 years, the District would use rate increases to rehabilitate and replace 9 sewer pump stations, 30,000 linear feet of sewer mains, and 3 facilities at the treatment plant.

A five-year series of changes to water and sewer rates were developed to improve the water, wastewater, and recycled water systems, and lower long-term costs. The proposed rates outlined below are the maximum that could be adopted by the District’s Board of Directors. The Board can choose to adopt a lesser increase or no increase during the public hearing on May 16 and at future annual rate hearings. To learn more and provide input, attend the Public Meeting on Thurs, April 25, 2024 at 6 p.m. and/or attend the Public Hearing on Thurs, May 16, 2024 at 2 p.m. in the District Board Room at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe.

For more information on what projects the proposed rate increases will fund, visit LINK.  Follow the LINK to see current water and sewer rates.

Proposed Rate Increases for a Typical Residential Customer

 Water  Sewer  Total
Current  $          66.25  $        52.59  $     118.84
FY 24/25  $          72.30  $        59.58  $     131.88
FY 25/26  $          79.17  $        65.24  $     144.41
FY 26/27  $          86.69  $        71.44  $     158.13
FY 27/28  $          94.89  $        78.22  $     173.12
FY 28/29  $        103.91  $        85.66  $     189.56

Typical residential customer has a ¾” meter, uses 6 CCF (4,488 gallons) per month and has 3 sewer units. If approved annually, the proposed rates would go into effect July 1st.

Proposed Water Rates

The majority of water customers are charged a Metered Rate (Base Rate + Consumption). A typical metered rate residential customer has a ¾” meter and uses 6 CCF (4,488 gallons) per month. Non-metered customers are charged a Flat Rate.

 Current  FY 24/25  FY 25/26  FY 26/27  FY 27/28  FY 28/29
Base Rate ($/Month)
3/4" Meter  $          54.97  $        60.12  $        65.83  $        72.08  $        78.93  $        86.43
1" Meter  $          91.75  $     100.34  $     109.87  $     120.31  $     131.74  $     144.25
1 1/2" Meter  $        183.00  $     200.13  $     219.14  $     239.96  $     262.76  $     287.72
2" Meter  $        292.89  $     320.31  $     350.74  $     384.06  $     420.54  $     460.49
3" Meter  $        549.55  $     600.99  $     658.09  $     720.61  $     789.06  $     864.02
4" Meter  $        916.06  $  1,001.81  $  1,096.98  $  1,201.20  $  1,315.31  $  1,440.27
6" Meter  $    1,831.51  $  2,002.96  $  2,193.24  $  2,401.59  $  2,629.75  $  2,879.57
8" Meter  $    2,930.56  $  3,204.89  $  3,509.35  $  3,842.74  $  4,207.80  $  4,607.54
10" Meter  $    4,213.11  $  4,607.50  $  5,045.21  $  5,524.50  $  6,049.33  $  6,624.02
Consumption Rate ($/CCF**)
Tier 1 Residential (1-15 CCF)  $            1.88  $          2.03  $          2.22  $          2.43  $          2.66  $          2.91
Tier 2 Resident (Above 15 CCF)  $            2.87  $          3.02  $          3.31  $          3.63  $          3.97  $          4.35
Multi-Family  $            1.87  $          2.16  $          2.37  $          2.59  $          2.84  $          3.11
Commercial  $            1.94  $          2.20  $          2.41  $          2.63  $          2.88  $          3.16
Non-Metered Rate ($/Month)
Single Family  $          69.70  $        75.98  $        83.20  $        91.11  $        99.76  $     109.24
Duplex  $        115.74  $     126.17  $     138.15  $     151.29  $     165.66  $     181.39
Triplex  $        157.24  $     171.41  $     187.69  $     205.54  $     225.05  $     246.43
Fourplex  $        203.43  $     221.76  $     242.83  $     265.92  $     291.16  $     318.83
Each Additional Unit  $          34.09  $        37.16  $        40.69  $        44.56  $        48.79  $        53.43
Business 3/4"  $        100.92  $     110.01  $     120.46  $     131.92  $     144.44  $     158.17
Business 1"  $        154.24  $     168.14  $     184.11  $     201.62  $     220.76  $     241.73

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.

   Current  FY 24/25  FY 25/26  FY 26/27  FY 27/28  FY 28/29
Sewer Rate ($/Billing Unit/Month)
Single-Family***  $          17.53  $        19.86  $        21.75  $        23.81  $        26.07  $        28.55
Multi-Family  $          16.93  $        19.20  $        21.03  $        23.02  $        25.21  $        27.61
Motel/Hotel/Timeshare  $          16.64  $        18.89  $        20.69  $        22.65  $        24.80  $        27.16
Trailer/Mobile Home Park/Campground  $          16.62  $        18.89  $        20.69  $        22.65  $        24.80  $        27.16
Non-Residential  $          17.53  $        19.86  $        21.75  $        23.81  $        26.07  $        28.55

Public Meetings

Upcoming Public Meeting (Thurs, April 25, 2024 at 6 p.m.)

Attend the upcoming public meeting to learn more and provide input on future capital projects and proposed rate increases to fund these capital projects. Attend in person in the District Board Room at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, or attend virtually by following the Teams call in info: Click here to join the meeting (Meeting ID: 248 662 257 759 Passcode: HjbLMv) or call in (audio only): +1 332-249-0500,,767259028#

Upcoming Public Hearing (Thurs, May 16, 2024 at 2 p.m.)

Attend and participate as the Board of Directors considers and votes on proposed rate increases during their normally scheduled Board Meeting.  Attend in person in the District Board Room at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive.

Past Public Meeting (February 29, 2024)

District staff presented water and sewer system needs. Rate consultant presented on costs associated with future capital improvements and how this may impact your rates.

Grant Funding

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.

Additional Resources