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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Proposed Monthly Rate Increase

Regional Treatment Plant for primary and secondary wastewater treatment

Monterey One Water is your local sewer treatment provider. Every time you wash your dishes or clothes, flush your toilets, use your sinks, bathtubs, and showers, the used water is sent to the Monterey One Water Regional Treatment Plant to be cleaned and safely reintroduced into the environment. We clean wastewater for more than 250,000 residents and almost 7,000 businesses—that’s about 17 million gallons each day. We rely on 30 miles of underground pipes, 29 pump stations, and critical wastewater treatment infrastructure and technologies.

Why is M1W proposing to increase monthly rates? 

Current and anticipated economic impacts from the COVID-19 crisis, specifically to revenue,  have created vulnerabilities to the operation of our essential public service. The proposed increase would support fundamental business and capital costs to ensure uninterrupted service for the protection of human and environmental health and safety. 

Before looking to increase rates, M1W staff exercised significant measures to decrease major expenditures this fiscal year, including: 1) Reductions to operational expenses; 2) Deferment of lower-risk capital and maintenance projects; 3) Managerial salaries adjustments; 4) Delays to cost of living adjustments; 5) Initiation of a hiring freeze; and 6) Partial furloughs for all employees.

Public Participation

As a public agency, you have a voice in our business practices. Any owner or customer of record in our service area may protest the proposed monthly rate increase by submitting the Prop 218 Online Vote Form or additional options listed on our Proposition 218 Notice page.

Notice of Public Hearing

Monterey One Water will hold a public hearing to consider the adoption of the proposed rate increase for all customers in our service area. 

Monday, August 31, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Remote participation only via web or teleconference in compliance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20 to avoid public gatherings.

How to Participate

To join the Zoom Webinar Meeting, follow these instructions:

For web access, go to:

Planning to comment but no computer mic?  Follow the computer prompts to access the audio via phone

For phone access, call: (669) 900-9128

Webinar ID: 870 0019 4231    Password: 083120

To learn more about the proposed monthly rate increase, including a table of proposed monthly rates, visit our Proposition 218 Notice page.

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