Phoenix Could Raise Water Rates 12 Percent
Phoenix leaders are being asked to increase water rates 12 percent over the next two years.
The city’s water department says it needs to spend $1.515 billion over the next five years to cover infrastructure improvements.
On Tuesday, the City Council will be asked to start the process to hike rates. Then, a public hearing and final vote could take place in December.
The Water/Wastewater Rate Advisory Committee voted unanimously to increase rates 6 percent in 2019 and six percent in 2020.
According to a city report, Phoenix water rates are among the lowest compared to other large cities. Over a 12-month period, it finds the average water bill for a single family home $36 a month. That does not include wastewater, trash and other fees that make up a city services bill.
Over the next five years, Phoenix expects to spend:
- Approximately $525 million on pipelines.
- Approximately $185 million on surface water treatment plants.
- $145 million on water pump stations and pressure-reducing valves.
- Around $55 million on reservoirs and other storage.
- $105 million on other system needs, including technology and security.