The City of Columbia Water Utility has contracted with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. to conduct a Comprehensive Water Cost of Service Study opens in a new window. A critical focus of the study was to establish a new rate structure that fulfills our financial needs and meets current objectives of the utility. Work sessions were conducted with the Water & Light Advisory Board and City Council to discuss setting water rate objectives and priorities. As a result of this work, the consultant has proposed the addition of a third water rate tier. This third tier is structured to recover cost from the customers who place increased demands on the system during times of peak water production while sending a strong pricing signal that Columbia values water conservation.
Upcoming Public Hearing Information:
A public hearing regarding the proposed water rate structures will be held Tuesday, January 22 during the City Council meeting. It will take place in Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway beginning at 7 p.m.
Past Interested Parties Meeting:
The Water & Light Advisory Board held a special meeting to hear from City staff and the consultant on the proposed water rates structure. This forum was also used to receive comments from members of the community. Press Release available.
Wednesday, November 7
6 to 8 p.m.
City Hall, 701 E. Broadway