Cost of Service and Rate Study

INFORMATION ON ADOPTED SEWER RATES

Every five years the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District works with an independent consultant to complete a Cost of Service and Rate Study which reviews and analyzes the District’s historical and budgeted operating costs, multi-year capital program, outstanding debt service obligations, financial plans and policies, and operating and capital reserve targets. 

Cost of Service and Rate Study Report

The results of the Cost of Service and Rate Study are available for review below.
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2022 Sewer Rate and Capacity Charge Study (PDF)

Presentation to the Board

Presentation to Board of Directors is available for review below.
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Presentation to the Board of Directors (PDF)

Adopted 5-Year Sewer Rate Schedule

Table: Current & Adopted Sewer Rates

State Programs for Utility Financial Assistance

California Wastewater Arrearage Payment Program (Page)

Through $985 million in federal funding allocated by the state legislature, the State Water Board is creating a new program to provide customer relief for unpaid bills related to the pandemic. The wastewater arrearages program opened to wastewater billing agencies in February 2022. FSSD is working with the Cities of Fairfield and Suisun City to apply for funding to provide relief to customers with past due bills. There is no action needed by residents.
Wastewater Arrearage Program Fact Sheet for Customers (Page)

 

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (Page)

LIHWAP stands for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. Established by Congress in December 2020, this federally funded program will help low-income households pay down their outstanding water and wastewater bills. LIHWAP drinking water and wastewater benefits are scheduled to be available in May 2022. The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) has been designated the administering agency for LIHWAP in California. Sign up here to be notified via email when LIHWAP launches and funding becomes available. (Page)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Cost of Service and Rate Study and why was it done?

A Cost of Service and Rate Study was last conducted in 2017 and set the Sewer Service Charges through FY 2021-22. A Cost of Service and Rate Study reviews and analyzes the District’s historical and budgeted operating costs, multi-year capital program, outstanding debt service obligations, financial plans and policies, and operating and capital reserve targets in order to determine a rate that can meet the District’s revenue requirements. 

How was the Cost of Service and Rate Study conducted, and who was involved?

The Cost of Service and Rate Study was completed by an independent rate consultant, Hildebrand, LLC, who worked with District staff to review the Sewer Service Charges..  

What are “customer classes” and why are they different?

The District serves a population of approximately 150,000 residents of the City of Fairfield and City of Suisun City, with approximately 39,000 sewer accounts made up of residential, commercial, and commercial / industrial case-by-case customers. Each customer has a different impact on the sewer system based on their discharges. The study reviewed utility billing data and assumptions for the flow and “strength” of each customer’s sewer discharges. The District’s revenue requirements are then allocated to each customer class based on their proportional impact on the sewer system to determine a rate for each customer class.

When will the new sewer rates be effective?

The Board of Directors adopted the sewer rates at the March 28, 2022 Board of Directors Meeting. The new sewer rates will go into effect for all residents and business customers on July 1, 2022.