Dec 14, 2023: Council Approves Water/Wastewater Increase, Stormwater Fee

faucet with running water over news release graphicTown Council on Thursday evening approved the first water/wastewater rate increase since 2017 and implemented a Stormwater Fee.  

Earlier this fall, the Council discussed two possible scenarios for a proposed water/wastewater rate increase, landing on a conservation-minded approach, which will require heavy water users to pay higher fees. This increase sets more stringent rates for higher users and lowers the tier structure for the most common residential meters. Currently, average residential usage in Prescott Valley is 5,000 gallons per month. The increase will raise water rates for usage above 5,000 gallons and again at above 15,000 gallons. 

Also on Thursday, the Council approved a stormwater fee of $3 per residence that will help to mitigate flooding in the community, maintain drainage infrastructure and enhance stormwater recharge. This fee will better enable the Town to maintain the stormwater system, obtain the proper equipment for the maintenance of this system and move forward with stormwater projects that will help to resolve some of the Town’s flooding issues.  The fee will also assist in recharge projects to help replenish the Towns’ aquifer based upon a new Master Drainage Plan the Town is conducting, which will benefit all residents. 

With Council’s approval of the rate increase, the average residence will see a total increase of $5.61 per month including the stormwater fee, but this scenario sets higher second and third tier usage block rates to encourage water conservation, with incremental increases over the next five years. The cost for the average household using 5,000 gallons would be $58.43 with the stormwater fee included but would rise from $88.76 to $104.37 for those using 15,000 gallons and above, including the stormwater fee. Even with the increase, the Town’s rates will still be substantially lower than neighboring communities. The rate plan and stormwater fee will go into effect in February 2024.  

For more information on the rate increase, please visit www.prescottvalley-az.gov/1338/utilities or call the Prescott Valley Utilities Department at 928-759-3070.