Everett Water And Sewer Rates To Rise

January 8, 2017

Everett Government

water and sewer

Water and sewer bills are about to get bigger in Everett.

On Wednesday the Everett City Council will get a first look at proposed increases in water and sewer rates over the next four years.

This is something that has been in the works for several months and is not directly related to recent water line issues.

There has been at least one water line break a day, over the last seven days in a row, throughout Everett.

Based on consumption of 1000 cubic feet per month, water and filtration rates will increase annually from the current charge of $42.47 per month to…

  • $42.68 per month in 2017
  • $44.02 per month in 2018
  • $45.64 per month in 2019
  • $47.45 per month in 2020.

The city says increased sewer and surface water charges are necessary to continue to aggressively maintain, replace and expand utility infrastructure.

Sewer rates will increase annually from the current single-family charge of $59.87 to…

  • $65.70 in 2017
  • $69.64 in 2018
  • $73.57 in 2019
  • $77.11 in 2020.

Surface water rates for non-sewered accounts will increase annually from the current single-family charge of $17.44 per month to…

  • $21.28 in 2017
  • $22.55 in 2018
  • $24.13 in 2019
  • $25.94 in 2020.

The overall utility bill increase for a single family customer using 1000 cubic feet of water per month will be…

  • 5.68% in 2017
  • 4.70% in 2018
  • 4.72% in 2019
  • 4.34% in 2020

You can see the entire list of proposed increases and fees that the city council will consider by clicking here.

This Wednesday will be the first briefing and reading of the ordinance with a public hearing and final vote set for January 25th. One thing the proposed water and sewer rates do not appear to include is funding for a new City of Everett Public Works facility. The plan to repair crumbling buildings at the location of the current facility in the area of Cedar and Pacific streets was scrapped in October by the city council who felt having a public works facility in the gateway to the city was not the best use of the property.

The recent 7-day run of broken water pipes at various points around the city is being blamed on freezing and thawing of the ground around pipes that are more than 50 years old.

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