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The city of San Diego reminded water customers this month that rates are increasing 4.82% beginning Sept. 1 to help pay for water reliability and infrastructure improvements.

Combined with the 1.46% increase in water rates from the San Diego County Water Authority, the total increase is 6.28%. This is less than the 7% increase originally approved by the City Council for fiscal year 2020.

For customers living in single-family homes and using a typical 1,200 cubic feet, or roughly 9,000 gallons of water per month, the 6.28% increase will equate to approximately $5.58 per month, or $11.16 more per bi-monthly water bill. Individual usage and corresponding expenses will vary.

To ensure customers pay only for what is necessary to provide water to their homes and businesses, the city’s goal is to complete a cost of service study every five years. The 2015 study considered the need for water pipeline maintenance and replacement, along with continued investment in water quality testing and increases in costs passed on from other water agencies. The city council then approved estimated increases through June 30, 2020.

The next cost of service study will be completed in 2020.

Customers who need financial support to pay their water bill may be eligible for the city’s Help to Others assistance program. For water conservation tips and information about rebates, reading your water meter and detecting leaks, visit sandiego.gov/public-utilities.