2021-2026 Combined Utility Rates

Combined utility rates for 2021-2026 are under consideration by the Snoqualmie City Council. 

The City of Snoqualmie is proposing no utility rate increase for 2021 and steady rate increases between 2022 and 2026. 

Public Hearings



November 23, 2020, 7 p.m. - Public Hearing Notice
December 14, 2020, 7 p.m. - Public Hearing Notice
Via Zoom and Dial-In: Meeting Access Information 

Reference Documents



Information Sheet (See below)
Proposed Rate Tables
Proposed Ordinance

Contact Us


Drew Bouta
Financial Analyst
Finance Department
dbouta@snoqualmiewa.gov
425-888-1555

Jeff Hamlin, P.E.
Interim Utilities Operations Manager
Parks & Public Works Department
jhamlin@snoqualmiewa.gov
425-831-4919


More Information

Drew Bouta
Financial Analyst
Finance Department
dbouta@snoqualmiewa.gov
(425) 888-1555


Jeff Hamlin, P.E.
Interim Utilities Operations Manager
Parks & Public Works Department
jhamlin@snoqualmiewa.gov
(425) 831-4919


More Information

Drew Bouta
Financial Analyst
Finance Department
dbouta@snoqualmiewa.gov
(425) 888-1555


Jeff Hamlin, P.E.
Interim Utilities Operations Manager
Parks & Public Works Department
jhamlin@snoqualmiewa.gov
(425) 831-4919


Proposed Utility Rate Increases for 2021-2026

  • The City of Snoqualmie is proposing no utility rate increase for 2021. See table below.
  • Steady rate increases between 2022 and 2026 are proposed. See table below.
  • See the comprehensive Proposed Rate Table for water, sewer, and stormwater rates for single residence, multifamily, and commercial.

Proposed Estimated Monthly Utility Bill for a Typical Single-Family Residence

¹ Assumes a ¾” meter with 7 ccf (hundred cubic feet) of monthly water consumption. ² Does not include utility tax as part of the estimate. ³ The Combined Utility includes Water, Sewer, and Stormwater.
Combined Utility 2020 Rate 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
Average Mo. Residential Bill $159.45 $159.45 $164.34 $169.38 $174.58 $179.94 $185.47
% Increase Over
Previous Year
  0.00% 3.07% 3.07% 3.07% 3.07% 3.07%

FAQ

Why does the City need rate increases? 

To keep the water, sewer, and stormwater utilities operating reliably for current customers, the City will need to continue to invest in the repair, replacement, and improvement of utility infrastructure. The City of Snoqualmie would use the additional revenue generated by the rate increases to:

  • Fix deficiencies in the existing utility system. Deficiencies are largely determined by federal and state statutes and/or administrative regulations. The standards set by statute or regulations can change frequently and are often strengthened over time. 
  • Preserve utility system assets. This means properly caring for our aging infrastructure either through repair or replacement. Without proper care, the City’s utility infrastructure would deteriorate over time leading to future costly rebuilds. 
  • Maintain levels-of-service. To sustain and protect the City’s highly dependable and excellent service, the City must keep up with the change in labor, supply, and construction costs over time while seeking out system and operating efficiencies simultaneously. 

What do utility rates fund? 

The rates collected help the City to carry out operations as well as support the repair, replacement, and improvement of capital assets for the water, sewer, and stormwater utilities. 

The Water Utility provides the management and maintenance necessary to deliver high quality drinking water to the residents and businesses of Snoqualmie. Through a reliable collection, treatment, and distribution system, the City is able to supply clean and readily available water in support of a healthy and vibrant community. 

Core Services of the Water Utility: 

  • Collect water from spring and local sources and convey to a treatment plant. 
  • Treat the water removing any contaminants through effective means and technology. 
  • Test samples constantly to ensure and maintain compliance with federal and state standards. 
  • Clean, repair, and inspect collection mains, booster pump stations, pressure reducing valve stations, and other essential facilities to maintain the satisfactory distribution of water, at the proper pressure, to residents and businesses. 
  • Install and maintain water meters.
  • Maintain adequate fire flow and ensure the proper replacement of fire hydrants. 
  • Monitor the supervisory control system to ensure system functionality and respond in a timely fashion to issues that may arise. 
  • Maintain and calibrate the irrigation system to support the health and vibrancy of City-owned parks, City-owned rights-of-way, and privately owned landscaping. 

The Sewer Utility provides the management and maintenance necessary to deliver a reliable system for the collection, conveyance, and treatment of sewage from residential and commercial users. The service provided ensures that residents and businesses can enjoy a personally clean, hygienic, and sanitary life free from contamination. 

Core Services of the Sewer Utility:

  • Clean, repair, and inspect collection mains, lift stations, and other essential facilities to maintain the satisfactory conveyance of sewage to the treatment plant.
  • Treat the sewage entering the treatment plant through effective means and technology to separate solids from water. 
  • Treat the solids and water effectively before transport or discharge. 
  • Test samples constantly to ensure and maintain compliance with federal and state standards.
  • Monitor the supervisory control system to ensure plant functionality and respond in a timely fashion to issues that may arise. 

The Stormwater Utility provides the management and maintenance necessary to preserve storm drainage, catch basin, and water retention facilities critical for healthy streams, clean water, and a green environment. With an average rainfall of 60 inches annually, higher than other areas around Puget Sound, the City maintains facilities to their highest standard in order to keep rain from washing pollutants into streams or from overwhelming drainage capacity. Ultimately, such efforts contribute to the wider regional goal of protecting the health and ecology of the Snoqualmie River and the Puget Sound. 

Core Services of the Stormwater Utility:

  • Clean and repair the storm drainage system to maintain satisfactory stormwater conveyance and water quality. 
  • Clean and maintain catch basins and/or retention ponds on an ongoing basis to remove pollutants and reduce flooding and stream erosion. 
  • Support the flood control efforts of the City by suggesting and/or analyzing changes to other sources of infrastructure. 
  • Lead the effort in maintaining the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
  • Protect and restore the urban forest which helps to filter and retain stormwater reducing the need for extensive grey and built infrastructure. 

The 2021-2026 Utilities Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) guides the acquisition and improvement of water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure setting forth the capital projects and programs the City intends to complete over a six-year period. For more information regarding the utility capital projects and programs, see the 2021-2026 Utilities Capital Improvement Plan.

How do Snoqualmie’s rates compare to other nearby cities? 

The City conducted a comprehensive utility rate study this year to ensure its customers are paying a rate that approximates the cost of providing utility services. Compared with other Snoqualmie Valley cities, such as North Bend and Carnation, Snoqualmie’s average residential monthly bills are lower. In addition, the City is proposing smaller rate increases than other cities such as Bellevue, Issaquah, and Redmond over the next six-year period.