How are Utility rates determined?

Utility rate studies are conducted regularly by an independent party to ensure rates adequately cover the costs of providing the utility service. Rates need to ensure adequate long term funding of operations, including maintenance and improvements in infrastructure.

Utility rate studies utilize the “customer class” to determine the adequacy of the rates charged. Your customer class is typically a factor of where you live and the ability of the city to deliver services to that area. There are three different customer classes. The “sewer-only” customer class represents those customers that receive sewer services from the City but are provided water by another entity or their own well. The “water-only” class receives only water services from the city and the “water & sewer” class logically receive both services from the City.

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1. What utilities are provided by the City of Sequim?
2. Is there a recycling program in the City of Sequim?
3. Where do I get recycling containers?
4. How do I make a Utility payment?
5. How do I sign up for Water and Sewer Utility Services?
6. When is my deposit refunded?
7. How much is the deposit for Utility Services?
8. How often does the City bill for Water and Utility services?
9. When is my meter read?
10. How are Utility rates determined?
11. What does the City charge for Water services?
12. What does the City charge for Sewer services?
13. If I go south for the winter, am I charged for Water and Sewer?
14. Why am I charged a stand-by fee if I’m not using City services?
15. How much are the stand-by fees?
16. Does the City charge a fee for turning Water on and off?
17. If I think I have a leak, how do I get it checked?
18. If I have a leak, how do I get an adjustment from the City?
19. Who is ultimately responsible for the utility bill?
20. What are the charges for late payments?