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The Edmond City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to approve a series of water rate increases to fund capital improvements to the City’s water and wastewater systems as well as costs for ongoing operations and maintenance.
The changes will help cover the cost of more than $350 million in water system improvements, including the on-going water plant expansion and waterline replacements, as well as more than $50 million in wastewater system improvements.
A study conducted in 2017 identified the need for a readjustment of water rates. The current rates for water and wastewater services were adopted in 2019, with a base charge of $16.05 for water and a base charge of $22.01 for wastewater.
Under the plan approved by Council, the water rate plan for residential customers establishes a base charge of $16.86 effective this November, then increases to $17.36 in November 2024, $17.88 in November 2025 and $18.42 in November 2026.
The usage charge per 1,000 gallons up to 10,000 gallons also will increase annually from $7.95 to $8.35 this November, to $8.60 in November 2024, $8.86 in November 2025, and $9.12 in November 2026. The use charge for 10,001 to 20,000 gallons will increase from $9.19 to $9.65 this November, $9.94 in November 2024, $10.24 November 2025, and $10.54 November 2026. The use charge for more than 20,000 gallons will increase from $11.48 to $12.05 this November, $12.42 November 224, $12.79 November 2025, and $13.17 November 2026.
The plan also calls for increases in all nonresidential rates.
The new residential wastewater rate plan means a base charge increase to $22.67 beginning in November, $23.12 November 2024, $23.99 November 2025, and $24.06 November 2026.
The usage charge per 1,000 gallons will increase annually from $5.28 to $5.44 this November, $5.55 November 2024, $5.66 November 2025, and $5.77 November 2026.
A breakdown of the rates and the rates for the City of Edmond utilities can be found online at www.EdmondOK.gov/663/Utility-Rates.
Tips for effective water use and conservation are available at www.EdmondOK.gov/694/Conservation-University.