Is there a breakdown of my water bill?
Efficient water use is a long-term investment. Your monthly water bill payments are working to ensure our ability to deliver safe reliable drinking water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The following cost categories are associated with water treatment and have been broken out to describes what percent of your bill goes to which category.
  • Raw Water Management Fees (28%) is the largest expense at over 1.6 million dollars annually. The less water residents use, the less water that needs to be cleaned, delivered, and treated in the wastewater process. Even saving 20 gallons of water per resident a month would reduce the record breaking usage seen in recent months. 
  • Debt Service (21%) is the cost associated with loans acquired for necessary facilities such as the water treatment plant expected to be complete in 2024.
  • Operations (20%) includes costs such as lab materials for water testing, sludge removal, and treatment supplies.
  • Indirect Overhead (16%) includes administrative support such as accounting, insurance, GIS mapping, and payroll.
  •  Infrastructure (15%) is the maintenance and upkeep of the complex machines, pipes, and storage containers needed to produce and deliver safe water.

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1. Are water and sewer rate increases being considered in 2022
2. Is the Town doing anything to slow down growth?
3. Has the cost of our water gone up?
4. Does Wellington’s water meet Water Quality Standards?
5. What is the different between Water and Wastewater?
6. How do Wellington’s utility rates compare to other communities?
7. I need help paying my water bill, who should I contact?
8. Why is there a tier structure and what does it cost?
9. What is the timeline for the water rates decision?
10. Why did the base rate increase?
11. Are we raising rates paid by new development?
12. What water fees and rates are charged for new construction homes? How do new construction fees help pay for water infrastructure?
13. When was the last time rates were increased?
14. What is the Town doing with the bulk dispensing water machine?
15. What is the average water usage per household in Wellington?
16. What other options will the town pursue to handle the water issues?
17. Have you considered incentives for xeriscaping current homes and restrictions on landscaping with new builds?
18. Have you considered conducting a long-term plan that reflects our values and needs for growth and community life?
19. What kind of impact will the new high school/middle school have on the water issue?
20. Will we be charged for 7,000 gallons regardless of how much water we use?
21. Is there a breakdown of my water bill?
22. Are there other options such as joining another water district or starting our own?
23. How is the Town engaging residents to provide input on the proposed water rates?
24. Why is it so expensive and why are there restrictions when other communities are not having the same problems?
25. When is the water plant being built?
26. Where do we get our water from?
27. Can we remove grass lawns to save water?
28. Where can we find an explanation of why rates are being increased?
29. Why aren’t developers charged more to develop in Wellington?
30. Why does my water occasionally have a bad taste or smell?
31. Where can I find Water Quality Reports?