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Jun 02

City Council approves 5-year municipal water rates

Posted on June 2, 2021 at 9:12 am by Clay Curtin

The City Council recently adopted new water rates for the next five years that take effect for water bills issued on or after July 1, 2021. In the first year, the average residential water customers’ monthly bill will decrease $9.51, and then the rates increase 5% every July 1 for the next four years. 

Menlo Park Municipal Water serves about 19,000 customers. Water rates are reviewed and adjusted to fund the costs of ongoing operations and future capital infrastructure needs. In past years, the City has reviewed rates every five years.

Water rates consist of four components:
  1. Monthly fixed meter charge based on the size of the water meter, or monthly unmetered fire fixed charge based on the size of the water service line
  2. Water consumption charge based on metered water use
  3. Water capital surcharge based on metered water use
  4. Drought surcharge is based on metered water use and is only applied if the City Council has declared a drought stage as outlined in the Water Shortage Contingency Plan
On July 1, 2021, water consumption charges will be shifting from a 2-tier rate structure to a 3-tier rate structure. The 3-tier rate structure will be:  
  • Tier 1: 1-6 units
  • Tier 2: 7-12 units
  • Tier 3: Above 12 units
1 unit=748 gallons. Partial units are not charged.

For more information on the water rate fee study and water rates, visit the water rates webpage.

Learn more about the city's Urban Water Management Plan or the Water Shortage Contingency Plan.