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At a public hearing on June 28, Desert Water Agency’s Board of Directors approved rate increases as the first step in a five-year rate plan for water, recycled water and wastewater.

Most of the new rates will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024 and show up on your February 2024 water bill.

As a public water agency, DWA can only charge the cost of service and cannot profit from services provided.

A recent study showed that DWA is not adequately covering its costs due to a variety of factors that include:

  • Inflation pushing up costs for materials and services
  • More aggressive pipelines replacement
  • New state and federal regulations
  • Funding reserve targets

The multi-year rate plan will allow DWA to continue to provide safe and reliable water for all its customers.

Each year, DWA’s Board of Directors will review the Agency’s finances and determine whether rates need to be adjusted.

For more information on the rate adjustment, please visit:

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