Providing more sustainable and equitable outcomes for the Lafayette community
In 2022 our region was looking at record breaking heat and drought conditions. Spring of 2023 has produced more water than we have the capacity to store in reservoirs for use in future dry years.
Maintaining reliable water services for Lafayette residents is a top priority, but unpredictable supply and demand due to climate change requires investments in storage, maintenance, and other capital projects.
We understand that any rate increase impacts users. The City is committed to protecting affordability of residents’ indoor water use and ensuring that growth pays its own way
2023 water rate increase - 9% effective July 1
A Utility Rate and Fee Study was initiated in late 2022 to help provide a better understanding of ongoing funding needs to ensure water rates and fees are sufficient to cover costs now and for the future.
A typical single-family household uses about 3,000 gallons of water in winter months. In the summer, usage for typical households jumps to 10,000 gallons a month when irrigating lawns.
Customers typically see an increased bill after irrigation systems are turned on in May or June. With this year’s wet spring, people may see the typical seasonal increase and the rate/fee adjustment on the same July bill
Investments to secure future water
The City of Lafayette is a partner in several large regional water projects that will help increase resiliency and diversify the water supply available for treatment and distribution to its community members.
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.
What can I do?
Visit lafayetteco.gov/WaterConservation to take advantage of the turf replacement program, Garden in a Box, irrigation audits, and other programs offered by the City.
Go dormant and save! Turning off automated irrigation systems by early September will save money on your water bills, help the City and region conserve millions of gallons of water, and won’t compromise the longevity of lawns.