2019 Proposed Water & Wastewater Rates

The Pismo Beach City Council held a Public Hearing on the proposed increases to water and wastewater rates, and changes to the proposed water rate structure. The Public Hearing was held on:


Date:   Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Time:   6:00 p.m.

Place:  City of Pismo Beach, City Hall Council Chamber
760 Mattie Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449


The Public Hearing covered the proposed rate increases (June 2019 through January 2023) for water and wastewater/sewer services, and the proposed water rate structure change. This notice was provided to all property owners and customers who currently receive either of these services provided by the City of Pismo Beach. The adopted rate increases and the new water rate structure was effective June 5, 2019 and is reflected on the July and August 2019 bills. 

What is the impact on a typical residential customer?

Your utility bill is determined by the type of residence or business you have, the water meter size at your address, and your water consumption. The average Single-Family Residential (SFR) home consumes 14 hundred cubic feet (HCF) of water over the two-month billing cycle. The following table illustrates the impact on the typical SFR bi-monthly utility bill.  

For other sample bills, read on...

Water and WW Typical SFR Annual Bills next 5 Years

How Do the Proposed Rates Compare to Other Communities?

The proposed rates remain in the middle of the range comparing water and wastewater bi-monthly bills to other communities surrounding Pismo Beach. This table uses rates in effect October 2018. The Pismo Beach May 2, 2019  rates reflect the proposed rate structure and rates that, if approved, would be reflected on the July and August 2019 bill.  Note: Pismo Beach rates include the State water parcel tax. 

Comparison Graph of utility bill 1-15-2019

How does the cost per gallon of Pismo Beach water compare to other beverages?

Pismo Beach water is less than $0.01 per gallon.

1 Gallon of Water Comparison

What Does My Utility Bill Pay For?

  • Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water
  • Protecting Public Health and the Environment with City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • New Drought-Resistant Water Supply: Central Coast Blue Project for Water Sustainability
  • Maintaining Sustainable Water and Wastewater Systems

For more information, read on...

Proposed Water Rates

Proposed Water Rates  1-15-2019

Proposed Wastewater Rates

Proposed WW Rates  1-15-2019

How Can I Find Out More About the Proposed Changes?

City staff will hold two informational community meetings for the public on February 27, 2019 at Pismo Beach City Hall, Council Chamber, 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449. The first meeting is at 4:00 p.m. for non-residential customers and the second meeting is at 6:00 p.m. for residential customers.

How Do I Protest the Proposed Water and/or Wastewater Rate and the Proposed Water Rate Structure?

Under Proposition 218, if you are the owner of record for a parcel or parcels or a tenant directly liable for payment of the fees subject to the proposed rate changes, you may submit a written protest against each proposed rate increase (water, wastewater) and/or the proposed change to the water rate structure. If valid written protests are filed for a majority (50% plus one) of the affected parcels, the applicable proposed rate change will not be imposed. Only one protest per parcel will be counted. All protests must:

  • Be in writing and received by the City Clerk before or during the public hearing on March 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Written protests must either be mailed or personally delivered to the City Clerk at 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach, CA 93449. Email or facsimile protests will not be accepted. Protests will not be accepted after the closure of the public hearing.
  • Specifically identify what you are protesting: the water and/or wastewater rate increase(s) and/or the water rate structure change.
  • Identify the affected parcel by the service address and/or Assessor's Parcel Number (APN).
  • Include the name and original (wet) signature of either the account holder or the property owner of the service address.

All interested persons are invited to appear at the time and place specified to give oral or written testimony in regards to this matter. At the public hearing, the City Council will accept oral and written testimony, as well as written protests, regarding the proposed fees. For your convenience, City staff have prepared a protest form for your use: Protest Form.