By the time the rate increases are fully in place, city residents will pay more than $42 per month. That will be sixth most expensive out of ten cities in the region. But, it's below the average of $50 and half of what Elk Grove is paying.
The sewer rates will also increase to $42. That's the second most expensive. Jessica Hess with the city's Department of Utilities says the increase will fund $80 million in short-term projects.
HESS: "The department has to do some updating to its well field up in the north area. It's where we rely on groundwater. In the heat of the summer, that is a vital part of our water portfolio. And then, additionally, on the wastewater side we have some regulatory compliance issues in terms of lawsuit settlements that we have to do some infrastructure improvements."
$260 million will go to pipeline replacement and renovations of the city's freshwater and wastewater treatment plants.