Proposed Increase to Sewer Service Charges & Rates

Notice of Public Hearing
June 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. MRWPCA Board Room
5 Harris Court, Bldg. D, Monterey, CA 93940

The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of a proposed rate increase for all customers in our service area. The notice is provided pursuant to Article XIII (D), Section 6 of California Government Code Section 53755, which provides for notice of proposed increases in charges to ratepayers and explains how you can participate in the rate-setting process.

The public hearing will be held on June 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the MRWPCA Board Room, 5 Harris Court, Bldg. D, Monterey, California. During the public hearing, The Board shall hear and consider all objections and protests, if any, to the proposed rate increase. This notice is being sent to all property owners in the MRWPCA service area. The proposed sewer service charges were calculated by the Agency in order to fairly allocate applicable costs between residential, commercial, and industrial users based on customer and service type; and impact on the system. A table of the proposed rates is shown below.

Why Are My Rates Increasing?

MRWPCA places a high emphasis on providing environmentally responsible and cost-effective services. An increase in the rates is necessary in order to recover sufficient revenues to operate and maintain the wastewater system. While the proposed increase is needed to fund increasing operational costs, the largest share of this increase will be used to pay for capital improvements.

The Agency's wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities are over 25 years old. This infrastructure operates in a very corrosive environment and there is a need for maintenance, renewal, and replacement to operate the equipment in a safe and reliable manner that meets regulatory standards. While an internal needs assessment has identified infrastructure improvements of $10 million annually, the Agency is recommending a phased-in approach to balance infrastructure investment with the costs of user fees. The proposed rate increase will be used to preserve and upgrade $18 million in facilities and equipment over the next three years.

To assist in determining rates, the Agency retained Bartle Wells and Associates to perform a Wastewater Rate Study and a Comprehensive Fee Study. This included a 10-year review of estimated capital projects, operating costs, and various rate structures. This information was also compared with rates of similar and local organizations, capital funding levels, and financial benchmarks to arrive at an appropriate and cost-effective rate. (A full presentation of this rate study is available in the February 27 Board Agenda PDF.)

Over the next three years, a single family residence would increase no more than the amounts listed below:

2017/2018 — $1.55 a month
2018/2019 — $1.75 a month
2019/2020 — $1.90 a month

If approved, the rate increase would begin July 1, 2017, and will adjust subsequently for each of the two following years on July 1.

Additional information (PDFs): Miscellaneous Fees and Service Charges, Additional Fees, Additional Fees 2

CURRENT & PROPOSED RATES
  Current Monthly Rate Proposed Rate 7/1/2017 Proposed Rate 7/1/2018 Proposed Rate 7/1/2019
Business/Government per 10 employees

$10.75

$11.50

$12.35

$13.25
Residential

$15.85

$17.40

$19.15

$21.05
Transient  Occupancy Residential

15.85

17.40

19.15

21.05
Hotel/Motel  each unit

6.70

7.20

7.80

8.40
Bed & Breakfast Inn each  unit

4.45

4.75

5.10

5.45
Supermarket

107.00

119.10

132.60

147.60
Medical Office each physician

13.75

14.60

15.50

16.45
Dental Office each dentist

18.80

20.00

21.30

22.70
Rest Home/Convalescent per  bed

4.20

4.50

4.80

5.15
General Hospital per bed

24.70

26.50

28.50

30.60
Animal Hospital

28.55

30.50

32.65

34.90
Restaurant–One Meal per  seat

1.05

1.15

1.30

1.40
Restaurant–Two Meals per seat

1.55

1.70

1.90

2.10
Restaurant–Three Meals per seat

3.00

3.30

3.65

4.00
Restaurant w/Bar per seat

3.00

3.30

3.65

4.00
Bar

24.60

26.60

28.70

31.05
Nightclub

73.05

79.15

85.75

92.85
Takeout Food–Small

35.65

38.70

41.95

45.55
Takeout Food–Medium

87.20

94.85

103.15

112.20
Takeout Food–Large

159.00

172.90

188.00

204.40
Bakery

41.20

45.15

49.50

54.30
Theater  per screen

33.85

36.55

39.50

42.65
Bowling Center

103.00

111.20

120.05

129.60
Mortuary

52.25

58.05

64.55

71.70
School (Minimum) per  student

10.75

11.50

12.35

13.25
School (0-6) per  student

0.13

0.15

0.18

0.21
School (7-College) per  student

0.28

0.32

0.37

0.43
Boarding School per  student

3.25

3.75

4.30

4.90
Service Station/Repair per 10 employees

11.20

12.10

13.10

14.15
Dry Cleaners

35.05

37.70

40.55

43.65
Laundromats  per wash

9.00

9.70

10.40

11.20
Vacant Residence

9.15

10.45

11.50

12.65
Vacant Business

7.90

6.90 7.40 7.95
Special User* Individual Determination NA NA NA
* Special User means any establishment, which cannot be classified in any other category, based on their individual flow. The rates for special users are determined based on estimated flow rates.

A Capital Improvement Plan to Meet Future Needs

There are a number of critical projects that will increase reliability of the Agency's infrastructure. The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is designed to identify capital expenditures for the next ten years and plan appropriately. A significant portion of the three year rate increase from customers will fund up to $18 million in projects. Major projects include:

  • Pump Station upgrade in Moss Landing, Salinas, Pacific Grove, and Monterey to maintain the safe and secure transportation of wastewater
  • Rehabilitation of Wastewater Treatment Facility including: Trickling Filters, Odor Scrubbers, Headworks, and Thickeners for improved performance
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Upgrade — Enhance the computerized system to monitor, gather, and process data for the automation of machines, valves, pumps, motors, and other equipment

A full list of proposed projects can be viewed in the February 27 Board Agenda (PDF).

MRWPCA Quick Facts

  • Provides wastewater treatment services to over 250,000 people
  • Processes over 18.5 million gallons of wastewater each day
  • Recycles approximately 4 billion gallons of water annually for crop irrigation
  • Protects public health, water quality, and the environment by meeting or exceeding numerous regulatory requirements
  • Uses cogeneration technologies to generate electricity to provide power for treatment facility

The Future of Water — Utilization of All Water Resources

MRWPCA and Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are proud to partner to bring a safe, clean, and sustainable source of potable water. This new operation, The Pure Water Monterey Project (PWM), emphasizes advanced water recycling technology, replenishment of the groundwater supply, and protection of the environment.

PWM will not be funded through this increase. This new operation will be 100% funded through the wholesale sale of the advanced purified recycled water. Construction of this project will begin in the summer of 2017.

Treatment and Recycling Facilities Tours

Take an up-close look at the award-winning wastewater treatment and water recycling facilities. We welcome all persons ages 8 and above to tour the entire facility. Visit the Tours page for more information and to schedule a tour or call us at (831) 883-6109.

How Do I Protest?

If you wish to protest this proposed sewer rate adoption, you may: Attend the public Hearing held on June 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the MRWPCA Board Room located at 5 Harris Court, Building D, Monterey, California.

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Any owner of record or customer of record of a parcel identified for the proposed increase may submit a written protest. The protests must be received via mail, email, fax or hand delivered by June 5, 2017, before the close of the public comment portion of the 6:00 p.m. public hearing. A protest must include your name, address of the impacted property (or Assessor's Parcel Number), and must be signed, unless sent via email, by the property owner or rate payer. Only one protest per parcel will be counted. Owners of multiple parcels/properties within the Agency's service area may file one protest for each parcel owned.

Printable Protest Form (PDF)
Interactive (Fillable) Protest Form (PDF)