On Dec. 6, 2011, Carlsbad passed a two-year rate increases for water and sewer services to cover the rising cost of water, increased maintenance and operation costs, and the need to establish an adequate operating and replacement fund.
On Jan. 1, 2012, water rates increased 10 percent, and sewer rates increased 6.5 percent.
After updating the five-year financial forecasts of the water and sewer utilities, staff are now recommending lower rate increases for Jan. 1, 2013, than the maximum rates previously approved.
Water rate increases are driven largely by the increasing cost of purchasing imported water. Carlsbad currently relies on imported water from the Colorado River and Northern California for all of its drinking water supply. The cost of imported water is increasing due to legal and environmental constraints on these sources.
–City of Carlsbad