2023 Water Rate Fees

Water for our future

Providing more sustainable and equitable outcomes for the Lafayette community

Lafayette's water supply is essential for our community's health and safety but climate change, our location in the arid West, securing water rights, exceedingly expensive projects, and the cost to operate and maintain reliable water systems all place financial pressures on the City to provide this service to residents.

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2023 water rate increase - 5% effective January 1

A 5% increase for water, wastewater, and stormwater fees will go into effect January 1. This adjustment will help offset current market-driven inflationary costs the City is incurring to deliver residential water services. As a result of this 5% increase, a typical single-family residence will see monthly utility bills increase by approximately $4.45* per month.

A comprehensive Utility Rate and Fee Study is underway. The results of this study will provide a more complete understanding of ongoing funding needs and identify strategies to close anticipated gaps between current utility revenues and projected future expenses.

*Figures based on winter usage for a typical single-family residence. Summer figures may increase depending on individual outdoor irrigation.

5% Rate Increase Breakdown for Monthly Bills*

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Blue circle with a white envelope iconYour monthly water bill

Monthly bills include a fixed service charge that remains the same each month, plus a tiered charge that is calculated based on the amount of water used. As more water is used, customers may move into a more expensive tier based on that usage. Typical customers see higher bill amounts during summer irrigation months.Lime green button - Residential water rates Opens in new window

Lime green circle with a white arrow pointing down How can I lower my water bill?

  • Delay and save! Waiting until early June to turn on automated irrigation systems will help the City and region conserve millions of gallons of water, save residents money, and won’t compromise the longevity of lawns.
  • Visit lafayetteco.gov/WaterConservation to take advantage of turf replacement, Garden in a Box rebates, and irrigation audit programs.
  • Follow the outdoor water conservation tips on the City website lafayetteco.gov/WaterConservation .
  • Talk to your HOA/landlord about what you can do to be more water efficient in common areas.

Tips to save money and water

Lawns are often our largest water consumer. The good thing is that you can still have a nice lawn while cutting down on your water consumption by following these tips:

  1. Leave your lawn dormant by waiting to turn sprinklers until June. This saves water and you will still have a healthy lawn.
  2. Water your lawn twice a week to make grassroots grow deeper. This allows lawns to last longer.
  3. Avoid watering between 10am and 6pm per the City's water conservation ordinance. This reduces evaporation when it rains.
  4. Raise your lawnmower blades. Taller grass shades the roots and helps retain soil moisture.
  5. Water lawns plants and trees only. Avoiding watering sidewalks and roads conserves water.
  6. Check for broken or poorly positioned sprinkler heads. This avoids wasteful runoff.

It only takes one dry spring or one hot summer to put our region at risk for water shortages. Balance your water use and check out discounts on ways to conserve water.