Madison Water Utility has filed for an overall 30.44 percent revenue increase with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
- Any increase would apply only to water and fire protection charges on the Madison Municipal Services Bill.
- MWU's charges represent about 1/3 of the total bill.
- The last increase in Madison Water Utility rates was in September of 2015.
- If approved, new rates would likely go into effect this fall.
- Actual rate increases will vary by customer class (residential, multi-family, duplex, industrial, public authority). Click here to vew proposed rates for all customer classes.
Average residential customers who use 4,000 gallons of water a month would see a $6.95 monthly increase in their bill if new rates are approved. This represents a 35.6 percent increase over current residential rates. (This is down slightly from earlier estimates and could still change before final rates are set.)
Where your water dollar goes
The biggest driver for the proposed increase is replacing aging water infrastructure, especially deteriorating water mains. The utility has been ramping up main replacements for the last decade, focusing on the most needy pipes that were put in during the post-WWII boom era. We estimate about 300 miles of the city's 900 miles of water main need to be replaced at a cost of about $1.5 million per mile. In addition to mains, Madison Water Utility maintains and rehabs 22 municipal well facilities, 8,000 fire hydrants, and 30 large reservoirs. Madison Water Utility is also building new infrastructure on the edges of the city, including a new water tower to serve the far west side. And it recently replaced an 80 year-old water tower on the north side with a new, larger one to provide better fire protection for the area.
You can view MWU's 2018 capital budget here: https://www.cityofmadison.com/budget/documents/2018/capital/adopted/Water.pdf
The 2019 budget has been submitted to the Mayor. It will be available to the public on Sept. 4, and will be voted on by the Common Council in November.
Go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov and search for docket number 3280-WR-114 to view the full application, detailed financial records, cost of service studies, public testimony, etc. related to the proposed revenue increase.