Public Information Officer
Starting in 2014, most residential water utility customers in Tempe will see a slight decrease - just over 2 percent - in their water and wastewater rates. The Tempe City Council in November adopted a resolution to adjust rates for water and wastewater that will result in lower monthly utility bills for most residents.
Each year the city evaluates water and wastewater rates and makes any necessary adjustments to ensure full recovery of operating costs, meeting regulatory requirements, financing capital programs and maintaining an unreserved fund balance.
This year, Tempe held a series of customer workshops and, as a result of their input, changed the way it calculates sewer rates, resulting in an overall decrease in the wastewater bill for a single-family residential customer. The estimated combined net effect of water and wastewater adjustments for the average single-family residential customer is an overall decrease of $1.16 or 2.2 percent. The changes will be effective with charges beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
The rate adjustments are based on a detailed cost-of-service rate analysis. Rates are structured for each customer class to assure that utility customers pay their fair share of the costs. Because rates are structured specifically for each customer class, individual customers will see different rate impacts.
For information, visit www.tempe.gov/water.