Water Rate Update
The utility service line fee is increased by $31 in January 2021. Users saw the adjustment on their bill that arrived in February 2021.
This is part two of the increase needed to align the cost of service with the water rate. The change is being implemented in two parts to give residents as much time to prepare as possible. To learn more about how the water rate decision was made, please explore the Frequently Asked Questions or refer to the water rate increase presentations available below.
|Number of Gallons||Fee|
|First 15,000 Gallons||$4.56 per 1,000|
|Over 15,000 Gallons||$5.70 per 1,000|
|Over 30,000 Gallons||$7.72 per 1,000|
- How much will the rate increase for the average household?
- Why is there a tier structure and what does it cost?
- Why is the rate increase happening now?
- Why is the base rate increasing?
- Has the Town considered increasing the cost for developers and new houses?
- When was the last time rates were increased?
- What is the Town doing with the bulk dispensing water machine?
- What is the average water usage per household in Wellington?
- What other options will the town pursue to handle the water issues?
- What water fees and rates are charged for new construction homes? How do new construction fees help pay for water infrastructure?
- Have you considered incentives for xeriscaping current homes and restrictions on landscaping with new builds?
- Have you considered conducting a long-term plan that reflects our values and needs for growth and community life?
- What kind of impact will the new high school/middle school have on the water issue?
- Will we be charged for 7,000 gallons regardless of how much water we use?
- Are there other options such as joining another water district or starting our own?
- What is the timeline for the water rates decision?
- Has the cost of our water gone up?
- How is the Town engaging residents to provide input on the proposed water rates?
- When is the water plant being built?
- Why is it so expensive and why are there restrictions when other communities are not having the same problems?
Virtual Town Hall Water Rate Increase Presentation
Watch the video below for an explanation of the water rate financial situation. Historical information and the current factors impacting the cost of service are reviewed.
Water Bill Breakdown
- Purchase of Raw Water (28%) is the largest expense at over 1.6 million dollars annually. The less water residents use, the less water that needs to be cleaned, delivered, and treated in the wastewater process. Even saving 20 gallons of water per resident a month would reduce the record breaking usage seen in recent months.
- Debt Service (21%) is the cost associated with loans acquired for necessary facilities such as the water treatment plant expected to be complete in 2024.
- Operations (20%) includes costs such as lab materials for water testing, sludge removal, and treatment supplies.
- Indirect Overhead (16%) includes administrative support such as accounting, insurance, GIS mapping, and payroll.
- Infrastructure (15%) is the maintenance and upkeep of the complex machines, pipes, and storage containers needed to produce and deliver safe water.
Virtual Town Hall-August 10, 2020 at 6pm
Our Virtual Town Hall was conducted on Monday, August 10 at 6pm. There was a presentation outlining the Water Rate Increase and an opportunity for the public to submit comments and questions to the Board of Trustees.
You can find the link to the Town Hall recording below:
Virtual Town Hall-Water Rate Increase
During previous Board of Trustee meetings and work sessions, presentations were given to detail the water utility rate increase process. Several scenarios were presented before Scenario Two was passed on Sept. 22, 2020. If you would like to view the presentations, they are available below.