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Record No: CB 120130    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120130
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 9/13/2021
Ordinance No: Ord 126434
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to rates and charges for water services of Seattle Public Utilities; revising water rates and charges, and credits to low-income customers; and amending Sections 21.04.430, 21.04.440, and 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Alex Pedersen
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Ex A - 2022-23 Retail Water Rate Study, 3. Central Staff Memo, 4. Presentation

CITY OF SEATTLE

ORDINANCE __________________

COUNCIL BILL __________________

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AN ORDINANCE relating to rates and charges for water services of Seattle Public Utilities; revising water rates and charges, and credits to low-income customers; and amending Sections 21.04.430, 21.04.440, and 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code.

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WHEREAS, Seattle Public Utilities recently completed a rate study incorporating guidance of its adopted 2021-2026 Strategic Business Plan; and

WHEREAS, Seattle City Council adopted the 2021-2026 Strategic Business Plan in Resolution 32000; and

WHEREAS, the Cities of Burien and Mercer Island have imposed revenue taxes on water utilities; and

WHEREAS, the water rates authorized by this ordinance are consistent with the general rate-making policies set forth in Resolution 30742, adopted March 28, 2005; and

WHEREAS, credits for qualified low-income customers should be revised when water rates change; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Section 21.04.430 of the Seattle Municipal Code, last amended by Ordinance 125444, is amended as follows:

21.04.430 Rates inside The City of Seattle

All water used inside the City for domestic and commercial purposes shall be supplied by meter only at the following rates and charges. Seasonal rates shall be prorated. For usage representing fractional parts of a month, the base service charge and all components of the commodity charge shall be prorated using a 30-day month. The additional cost of funding the Revenue Stabilization Subfund shall be specifically indicated in the billings. Seattle Public Utilities shall continue to incorporate arts funding into its capital projects constructed within the municipal boundaries of the City at the one percent level; however, the department shall not be permitted to fund any such program from the Water Fund on any capital project outside the City limits.

A. Residential. The rates for metered water supplied to single-family and duplex residences within the City in one month, or fractional part thereof, shall be based on a commodity charge and a base service charge, in accordance with the following schedules:

Schedule WIR. Schedule WIR is for all single-family and duplex residences within the city except those billed on Schedule WIRM.

Commodity Charge per 100 Cubic Feet

 

((Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019))

Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

Summer (May 16th-September 15th)

First 500 cubic feet per residence

(($5.29

$5.33

$5.41))

$5.55

$5.71

$5.92

Next 1,300 cubic feet per residence

(($6.54

$6.59

$6.69))

$6.86

$7.06

$7.32

All over 1,800 cubic feet per residence

(($11.80

$11.80

$11.80))

$11.80

$11.80

$11.80

Winter (September 16th-May 15th)

All usage

(($5.15

$5.20

$5.27))

$5.40

$5.56

$5.76

 

Base Service Charge per Month

Meter Size

((Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019))

Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

3/4 inch and less

(($15.15

$16.10

$17.15))

$18.45

$19.00

$19.60

1 inch

(($15.60

$16.60

$17.70))

$19.00

$19.60

$20.20

1 1/2 inch

(($24.10

$25.60

$27.25))

$29.35

$30.20

$31.15

2 inch

(($26.65

$28.35

$30.20))

$32.50

$33.45

$34.50

3 inch

(($98.80

$104.95

$111.80))

$120.30

$123.90

$127.80

4 inch and larger

(($141.50

$150.40

$160.20))

$172.35

$177.45

$183.05

 

Schedule WIRM. Schedule WIRM is for single-family and duplex residences within the City in which one or more persons require medical life support equipment which uses mechanical or artificial means to sustain, restore or supplant a vital function, and which uses a disproportionate amount of water.

Commodity Charge per 100 Cubic Feet

 

((Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019))

Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

Summer (May 16th-September 15th)

First 500 cubic feet per residence

(($5.29

$5.33

$5.41))

$5.55

$5.71

$5.92

All over 500 cubic feet per residence

(($6.54

$6.59

$6.69))

$6.86

$7.06

$7.32

Winter (September 16th-May 15th)

All usage

(($5.15

$5.20

$5.27))

$5.40

$5.56

$5.76

 

Base Service Charge Per Month

Meter Size

((Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019))

Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

3/4 inch and less

(($15.15

$16.10

$17.15))

$18.45

$19.00

$19.60

1 inch

(($15.60

$16.60

$17.70))

$19.00

$19.60

$20.20

1 1/2 inch

(($24.10

$25.60

$27.25))

$29.35

$30.20

$31.15

2 inch

(($26.65

$28.35

$30.20))

$32.50

$33.45

$34.50

3 inch

(($98.80

$104.95

$111.80))

$120.30

$123.90

$127.80

4 inch and larger

(($141.50

$150.40

$160.20))

$172.35

$177.45

$183.05

 

1. Master ((Metered Residential Development: Multiple Parcels)) metered residential development: multiple parcels. The rates for residential developments with master meters of 1 1/2 inches or larger, which operate and maintain their own distribution systems on private property and which use water primarily to serve single-family, detached residences on at least two separate legal parcels, shall be based on a commodity charge and a base service charge, in accordance with the following schedule:

Commodity Charge per 100 Cubic Feet

 

((Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019))

Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

Summer (May 16th-September 15th)

First 500 cubic feet per residence

(($5.29

$5.33

$5.41))

$5.55

$5.71

$5.92

Next 1,300 cubic feet per residence

(($6.54

$6.59

$6.69))

$6.86

$7.06

$7.32

All over 1,800 cubic feet per residence

(($11.80

$11.80

$11.80))

$11.80

$11.80

$11.80

Winter (September 16th-May 15th)

All usage

(($5.15

$5.20

$5.27))

$5.40

$5.56

$5.76

 

Base Service Charge Per Month

Meter Size

((Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019))

Effective January 1, 2020

Effective January 1, 2022

Effective January 1, 2023

1 1/2 inch

(($24.10

$25.60

$27.25))

$29.35

$30.20

$31.15

2 inch

(($26.65

$28.35

$30.20))

$32.50

$33.45

$34.50

3 inch

(($98.80

$104.95

$111.80))

$120.30

$123.90

$127.80

4 inch

(($141.50

$150.40

$160.20))

$172.35

$177.45

$183.05

6 inch

(($174.10

$185.05

$197.10))

$212.00

$218.00

$225.00

8 inch

(($205.00

$218.00

$232.00))

$250.00

$257.00

$265.00

10 inch

(($297.00

$297.00

$297.00))

$305.00

$314.00

$324.00

12 inch

(($402.00

$402.00

$402.00))

$412.00

$424.00

$437.00

16 inch

(($477.00

$477.00

$477.00))

$477.00

$477.00

$491.00

20 inch

(($614.00