Providing more sustainable and equitable outcomes for the Lafayette community
Lafayette's water supply is essential for our community's health and safety but climate change, our location in the arid West, securing water rights, exceedingly expensive projects, and the cost to operate and maintain reliable water systems all place financial pressures on the City to provide this service to residents.
Download the Water for Our Future Flyer (mailed to water customers in Dec. 2021)
Your monthly water bill
Monthly bills include a fixed service charge that remains the same each month, plus a tiered charge that is calculated based on the amount of water used. As more water is used, customers may move into a more expensive tier based on that usage. Typical customers see higher bill amounts during summer irrigation months.
To generate the necessary revenue to provide I water service, the City has historically increased all user fees by an across-the-board fixed percentage.
The carefully assessed 2022 rate adjustment structure will include some decreases and a more targeted approach to increasing the amount of revenue, fairly charging high water users, protecting vulnerable populations, encouraging conservation, and aligning with community values.
What's new for 2022
Use in the lowest tier will only see a small increase - about $0.0001/gallon - in order to protect affordability for essential indoor water use.
Multifamily housing accounts will see a small reduction in their fixed monthly service charge to more equitably allocate costs.
The 5% stormwater increase for 2022 has been repealed to help lower impacts for all customers.
Customers who irrigate outdoors can expect to fall into higher tiers with higher rates during the summer.
Customers who tend to use over 3,000 gallons/month of indoor water will fall into a higher tier with higher rates.
This new approach will incentivize users to more thoughtfully consider excessive indoor use and outdoor irrigation in order to be more sustainable and better manage costs.
How can I lower my water bill?
Check for leaks. Repairs can save thousands of gallons per month.