General Rates

Residential Rates

Residential utility customers are billed on a bi-monthly basis. The fixed
bi-monthly residential bill without water usage (based on a 3/4" meter) is $166.70, which includes water, wastewater, and stormwater charges. Customers also pay an additional commodity charge based on their water usage as measured in cubic feet (see chart below).

2014 Water Rates

Rates listed are per month, however residential customers are billed bi-monthly.

METER SIZE FIXED MONTHLY CHARGE

COMMODITY CHARGES 
(per 100 cf* per month)

0-4.00

4.01-10.00 10.01-20.00 20.01+
3/4"   $13.40   $1.65 $3.30 $4.95 $6.60
1.0" $17.00   $1.65 $3.30 $4.95 $6.60
1.5" $20.60 $1.65 $3.30 $4.95 $6.60
2.0"   $30.60   $1.65 $3.30 $4.95 $6.60

* 1 cubic foot of water usage = 7.48 gallons

Wastewater (Sewer) Rates

Redmond Collection Rate
The fixed monthly charge is $13.60.

King County Treatment Rate
The fixed monthly charge is $39.79.

Outside City Surcharge
Properties located outside the corporate limits of the city in the Redmond Service Area shall be charged an "outside city surcharge" of 25% of the total water and sewer charges in addition to the normal rates and charges, except that the surcharge shall not apply to the King County Wastewater Treatment component and except that the surcharge shall not apply to any water charges for those properties to which service is provided pursuant to the Rosehill Water District Assumption Agreement.

Stormwater Rates

The fixed monthly charge is $16.56.  

General Commercial Rates

Commercial customers are billed on a monthly basis and are charged a fixed monthly fee for water, irrigation, and wastewater, plus an additional commodity charge based on the amount of water and wastewater usage (see charts below).

 

2014 Water Rates

METER SIZE FIXED MONTHLY CHARGE

COMMODITY CHARGES  
(per 100 cubic feet*)

 

Winter 
November 1st to May 31st

Summer
 June 1st to October 31st

 

5/8 - 3/4" $17.60  

$2.15

     $3.70

1" $31.35  

$2.15

$3.70

1.5" $54.30 $2.15

$3.70

2"   $81.80   $2.15

$3.70

3" $155.00 $2.15

$3.70

4"   $238.00   $2.15

$3.70

6" $467.00 $2.15

$3.70

8"   $743.00   $2.15

$3.70

Irrigation Rates

Irrigation rates are charged for meters which primarily serve landscape irrigation systems. 

METER SIZE

    FIXED MONTHLY CHARGE

 

COMMODITY CHARGES  
(per 100 cubic feet*)

 

Water Only Meter

 

Exempt Meter

 

3/4" $17.60 $0   $5.90
1" $31.35 $0   $5.90
1.5" $54.30 $0 $5.90
2"   $81.80 $0   $5.90
3" $155.00 $0 $5.90
4"   $238.00 $0   $5.90

Wastewater Rates

Redmond Collection Rate
The fixed monthly charge is $16.65 per meter, which includes the first 600 cubic feet of chargeable wastewater, plus a commodity charge of $1.60 per 100 cubic feet of chargeable wastewater is assessed after the first 600 cubic feet.

King County Treatment Rate
The fixed monthly charge is $39.79 per meter, which includes the first 750 cubic feet of chargeable wastewater, plus a commodity charge of $5.3053 per 100 cubic feet of chargeable wastewater is assessed after the first 750 cubic feet.

Stormwater Rates

The monthly commercial stormwater rate is computed by multiplying the fixed rate ($16.56) times the number of impervious units applicable to the parcel times the rate adjustment as determined under Redmond Municipal Code (RMC) Section 13.18.060. This formula is expressed mathematically as follows:

Fixed Rate x Impervious Units x Rate Adjustment = Monthly Charge

An impervious surface refers to any hard surfaced area such as asphalt or concrete sidewalks, paving, parking lots, etc. which prevents the entry of water into the soil. One impervious unit is equivalent to 2,000 square feet of impervious surface area.

Generally, the rate adjustment used to compute the monthly service charge shall be determined by taking the coverage factors and adding or subtracting any applicable water quantity and quality factors.

 

General Rate Drivers

What are the Water and Wastewater Rate Drivers?

What Influences the Water and Wastewater Rates?
The City of Redmond provides water and wastewater services to our customers. To assure continued dependability for users, these distribution systems must be maintained, upgraded and replaced. New facilities must also be provided as additional demands are made on these systems. The cost of providing these services is recovered through user fees and rates.

Approximately 65% of the water consumed by customers in Redmond is purchased from Cascade Water Alliance with the remainder coming from the City's own wells. King County Metro charges Redmond to treat the wastewater generated from our customers. Their wastewater treatment rates are passed directly to our customers. These regional costs makes up a significant portion of our customers' water and wastewater charges.

 

Overview of Current Water and Wastewater Rates

As of January 1, 2014, water rates were increased by 2% and wastewater rates were increased by 4%. Several factors contributed to these increased rates:

Increased wholesale price of water from the Cascade Water Alliance.
Inflationary increases in operating and maintenance costs.
Future replacement of water and wastewater infrastructure.
King County Metro's wastewater treatment pass-through charge remains unchanged at $39.79 for 2014.

 

What are the Stormwater Rate Drivers?

What does the Stormwater Rate cover?
The Stormwater Rate covers the City's costs to provide stormwater services to customers. Each developed parcel in the City is subject to the stormwater utility charge. Drainage from most properties enters or impacts the City stormwater system in some manner. These facilities, which are generally located on City streets, require continual maintenance and improvements. The stormwater utility supports capital improvement projects for flood control, erosion, conveyance improvements, and regional water quality or detention facilities. The Utility also monitors and improves the health of local streams, constructs habitat improvement projects, and responds to State and Federal regulatory and permitting requirements. The cost to finance these services is recovered through user fees and rates. More information on what the Stormwater Utility Fees and Rates fund can be found on the Stormwater Utility website.

 

Overview of the Current Stormwater Rate

There are no Stormwater Rate increases in 2014.

For more information on these rates, please call Public Works at 425-556-2701. For all other information regarding your statement, please call Utility Billing at 425-556-2152.  For more information regarding King County Wastewater and their wastewater treatment charge, please visit their website.