Rate Increase

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Monterey One Water’s Regional Treatment Plant celebrated its 30th birthday in 2020. Throughout the decades, steady user fees allowed the Agency to operate and maintain this infrastructure. Now, we are at a critical juncture where maintenance alone is not enough to guarantee the reliable service you have come to expect from us. Many upgrade and replacement projects are needed to ensure the safe and uninterrupted treatment of your wastewater. 

On July 6, 2021, the Board of Directors voted to approve a 5-year rate schedule of maximum monthly rates for wastewater treatment. These maximum rates are effective August 6, 2021 through June 30, 2026. Explore the resources below to learn why the series of rate increases is needed and what your dollars will fund. To listen to the Board's public hearing on this topic, visit the Audio Recordings page.

  1. Why?
  2. FAQs
  3. Monthly Rates
  4. Your $ at Work

Why is M1W implementing a series of rate increases?

Additional revenue will support increases to critical expenses like chemicals and utilities, while assisting with necessary capital reinvestment, responding to personnel obligations, and improving the Agency’s financial strength.

Capital Reinvestment: 
Much of the Agency’s infrastructure is reaching its useful lifespan. Replacing or upgrading these assets will take significant resources. Learn how we will apply your fees to ensure we are Progressing Forward (PDF).

Responding to Personnel Obligations: 
Like many service-based entities, M1W relies on the expertise of its specialized personnel. The Agency must respond to staffing needs to ensure reliable operations. Contributions to a pension trust and increased contributions from employees are also planned to reduce the Agency’s pension obligation.

Improving the Agency’s Financial Strength: 
The M1W Board adopted a Financial Reserve Policy to ensure the fiscal strength of the Agency. The policy has two major components: (1) maintain enough reserves to meet 50% of the annual operating expenses and (2) have on hand at least one year of Capital Project expenses.

Planning for the Future

M1W’s 10-Year Capital Program prioritizes what and when infrastructure improvements are needed to provide consistent service. The program focuses on replacing aging infrastructure, meeting regulatory requirements, preparing for the future, and ensuring sustainability in all we do. Projects focus on M1W’s comprehensive sewer system, including:

  • Conveyance pipes and pump stations
  • Treatment plant and facilities
  • Energy management 
  • Ocean outfall structure
  • Information technology