Why is Prescott Valley raising water rates?

The Town is proposing to increase rates to sufficiently cover costs associated with providing water and wastewater service to our residents. We have not raised rates since 2017, however, the Town’s operations contract has increased by 24% over that time due to increases in electricity, fuel, personnel costs, and inflation.  The rates need to be adjusted to sufficiently fund the water/wastewater system.

The Town plans to fund $54 million in improvements in water/wastewater infrastructure over the next five years. This money will pay for well improvements, PFAS mitigation, water storage tanks, improvements at the wastewater treatment plant, and general water and sewer improvements.

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1. Why is Prescott Valley raising water rates?
2. How do Town of Prescott Valley’s rates compare to those of neighboring cities?
3. How much will my water bill increase, and is it a one-time increase? Why is it being spread over years?
4. Are water rates higher in some parts of the Town than in others?
5. I don’t see you reading my meter. How do you know how much water I used?
6. How much water does the average Prescott Valley residence use?
7. I don’t use 5,000 gallons per month. Will I pay less if I use less?
8. Where can I find information on conservation to manage my water rates?
9. Does Prescott Valley have any incentives for installing water-efficient appliances, voluntarily reducing water usage, etc?
10. What is the Stormwater Utility Fee on my bill and what will it be used for?
11. What is the amount of the new stormwater utility fee?
12. I already pay taxes why do I need to pay another fee?
13. When will this fee go into effect?
14. How can Town of Prescott Valley residents submit comments and concerns regarding the rate increase?
15. Does the Town assess fees toward new residential homes and businesses to cover their costs?
16. What is an “Enterprise Fund”?