The city of El Centro's water rate should increase by $2.09 monthly and its wastewater rate should go up by $6.82 during the next five years if the city is to remain fiscally sound while paying for capital improvements for growth and meeting regulatory laws and regulations, a new rate study says.
The City Council will be asked to accept the study and set public hearings to consider adopting the proposed rates.
The City Council meets in open session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1275 Main St.
Even with the proposed increases, the study states the city's monthly water rate would be among the lowest in the Imperial Valley, $27.96, up from the current $25.87. The rate would increase over a five-year period.
Based on a usage rate of 20,000 gallons monthly, residents in Brawley pay $39.25 monthly, while residents of Calexico pay $50.48. Residents of Imperial, Westmorland, Calipatria, Holtville and the Seeley County Water District also pay more than in El Centro. Customers of the Coachella Valley Water District and the Heber Public Utility District pay less.