2020 Water and Wastewater Rate Study
Cloverdale's Water & Wastewater Utilities
The City of Cloverdale provides water services to over 3,300 residential, commercial, industrial, and irrigation service connections. The city can provide more than 500 million gallons of water per year and maintains over 40 miles of water pipelines, 3,300 service lines, hundreds of fire hydrants, 10 storage reservoirs, and two pump stations. The city's water filtration plant has the capacity to produce 4.5 million gallons per day of high-quality drinking water. The city's 7 wells have an approximate total capacity in the summer months of 3.6 million gallons per day. Additional capital projects totaling about $2.8 million have been identified to rehabilitate aging wells, treatment facilities, pipes, pump stations, water tanks, and other system facilities over the next five years.
Cloverdale also provides wastewater services to approximately 3,300 customers, maintaining over 37 miles of wastewater mains, and one wastewater lift station. The city operates and maintains a wastewater treatment plant with the capacity to treat up to 2.2 million gallons per day. Unique to the wastewater utility is the possibility of a large project (the “Advanced Water Treatment” (AWT) project) in the next decade or two. The City has been notified by the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) that the wastewater utility may eventually (perhaps within 10 years) be required to increase the level of treatment of its wastewater. The AWT project is projected to cost on the order of $80 million.
Proposed Rate Changes
Reasons for the Proposed Rate Changes
Water and wastewater rates were last adjusted in July 2019. Periodic rate adjustments are necessary to:
- Ensure that each customer bears a fair and proportionate share of the cost of providing services (consistent with legal requirements)
- Cover the rising cost of providing services, including operation and maintenance costs, debt service, and capital program needs
- Meet financial, regulatory, and service obligations
Water and wastewater costs include:
- Energy, fuel, and chemical costs
- Water production and treatment costs
- Wastewater treatment and disposal costs
- Water distribution and wastewater collection costs
- Administrative and customer service costs
- Costs related to facilities replacement, rehabilitation, and upgrade of the water and wastewater systems
Central factors necessitating rate increases at this time include:
- Funding requirements for the replacement, rehabilitation, and upgrade of water and wastewater facilities which have experienced deferred maintenance in recent years
- Increased costs of water and wastewater operations, including energy costs, supplies, maintenance, and employee costs.
In order to determine how the rates for water and wastewater service were calculated, please see the 2020 Water and Sewer Rate Study (PDF).
Public Hearing on Water and Wastewater Rates
The City Council will be considering a recommendation from staff to adopt changes to the water and wastewater rates at a public hearing on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Boulevard and/or via Teleconference. The hearing will start at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard. The new rates, if adopted, will go into effect on or after January 1, 2021.
More information about the public hearing and the proposed rates is provided in the Proposition 218 Public Hearing Notice (PDF).