In January 2020, HWPUD completed a Water Master Plan which identified twelve critical infrastructure improvements needed over the next several years in order to maintain current water quality delivery service to our customers. In January 2021, HWPUD completed a Water Rate Study and Cost of Service Analysis which concluded a water rate increase is necessary in order to support the critical priority one infrastructure improvements.
On May 18, 2021, the Board of Directors approved a Water Rate increase of 5% and on June 15, 2021 a Service Development Charge increase for new meters effective August 1, 2021. To see the upcoming rates, click here to view 2021 Rates and Fees
In 2019 HWPUD added a new service fee for Backflow testing, click here to view current 2019 Rates and Fees.
In 2015 HWPUD increased the base water rates in order to implement the District’s engineer’s recommendation’s for its long range planning, click here to view 2015 Rates and Fees.
HWPUD in 2009 increased water rates, click here to view 2009 Rates and Fees, more than 70%, in part, to keep up with expected expenses for producing water for our customers. The increase also placed the District in a financial position that allowed it to obtain a low interest government loan and grant for replacement of aging infrastructure. The 2009 rate study prepared by the District’s engineers also recommended rate increases of 2% to 3% each year as part of our long range planning.
The Board wants to efficiently manage water rates to ensure affordability for all customers. The adopted increase would help the District have funds to repair and replace aging infrastructure, and would implement recommendations in the Water Master Plan for the District’s long range planning. The District has implemented many cost-saving practices, but it is not enough to keep up with inflation. The Board believes smaller, annual rate increases that keep the District in line with annual inflation rates is a much better long term strategy to ensure the water supply reliability and quality.