On Tuesday, September 1, 2009, the Manhattan Beach City Council adopted a plan to increase water and wastewater (sewer) rates over the next five years, starting with utility bills issued January 1, 2010. The proposed rate changes are necessary to keep pace with the known and expected increases in wholesale cost of water purchased by the City, some of which is driven by the on-going drought and water shortage. The rates will also provide for infrastructure repairs, maintenance and construction, including water and sewer mains, reservoirs and water wells, which are necessary to ensure the viability and safety of our water and wastewater systems.
The proposed rate increases are listed on the attached documents:
- Proposed Water Rate Increases (PDF)
- Year Over Year Water Rate Comparison (PDF)
- Proposed Recycled Water, Fireline and Sewer Rates (PDF)
Please note that the water rates depend upon the size of water meter utilized, as well as the amount of water consumed. To determine your meter size you may either refer to a pre-July 2009 water bill which lists your meter size, or you may call the Utility Billing Department at (310) 802-5559 for assistance. Other inquiries related to the water and sewer rate increase can be directed the Utility Rates email.
A public hearing on the proposed rate increases originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th has been postponed to Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30 PM during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The additional time will allow the public more time to review and comment on the proposed rates, as well as to ensure compliance with the state law governing the implementation of new water and sewer rates. Protests of the new rates will be received up until public hearing on October 20th.
The Notice of Rescheduled Public Hearing for Water and Sewer Rate Increases (PDF) letter was mailed to all rate payers as notification of the change. The letter includes additional information on the justification for the increases as well. For more information or visit the the Water and Sewer Rates FAQs page. for more details on water and sewer rates.