Adopted 2015- 2017 Utility Rate Increases (water, wastewater and solid waste)

What do water, wastewater, and solid waste rates fund?

The City provides water, wastewater (sewer), and solid waste (solid waste rates include street-sweeping services) service to more than 39,000 customers (residential and commercial). The City Charter requires all utilities to be financially self-sufficient. Monthly charges paid by customers are the primary source of revenue.

All revenue from utility bills fund maintenance and operation of the utilities. Revenue is not used for other general government purposes. Revenues must meet costs such as purchasing raw water, energy, chemicals, rehabilitation and replacement of equipment/infrastructure, maintenance, regulatory costs, and salaries. Utility rates are calculated to: 1) recover costs reasonably borne to provide services; 2) are equitable to all customer classes; 3) are proportionate to the cost of providing services attributable to the parcels within each customer class; and 4) recover the City’s fixed costs of operating and maintaining the treatment plants and collection/distribution systems.

Changes to Water and Wastewater Rates:

A two-year rate increase was adopted by the Roseville City Council May 2015. This rate increase takes effect on the July 2015 bill statements. Utility bills for a typical single family home are shown in Table 1: Bill Estimates for Typical Residential Customers (Monthly).

Water: A rate proposal and structure change is currently underway. More information here.

Wastewater: For wastewater service, City Council approved two consecutive annual rate increases:

  • 6 percent increase, effective July 1, 2015, raising the current rate from $30.75 to $32.60 a month per household
  • 6.5 percent increase, effective July 1,2016, raising the current rate from $32.60 to $34.70 a month per household

Solid waste: Rates for solid waste will remain the same.  The City Council did approve a proposed rate reduction modification for households that use an additional green-waste or mixed-refuse can.

  • The rate for an additional green waste can was reduced from $11.70 to $8.50 per month
  • A new $16.00 rate was created for households who use an additional mixed-refuse can, replacing the current rate of $23.40

Table 1: Bill Estimates for Typical Residential Customers (Monthly)

<><><><><><><><>*Rate adjustments are approximate. Actual bills may vary due to rounding.

Current FY 14/15 Estimated increase FY 15/16 Estimated Bill FY 15/16 Estimated increase FY 16/17      Estimated Bill FY 16/17
Water $ 32.16     $ 0     $ 32.16     $ 0 $ 32.16
Sewer $ 30.75 $ 1.85 $ 32.60 $ 2.10 $ 34.70
Solid Waste $ 23.40 $ - $ 23.40 $ - $ 23.40  
$ 86.31 $ 1.85 $ 88.16 $ 2.10 $ 90.26

City Council Adoption of Rates - May 2015


Public Utilities Commission

Roseville City Council

Prop 218 Notice 

Council Adoption of Rates