Average SFPUC Water and Wastewater Bill
Public Utilities Commission
Target: Less than 1.5% of median income
Status: ON TRACK TO MEET TARGET
Result: 1.43% of median income
This measure represents service affordability of water and wastewater services provided by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to San Francisco residents. The SFPUC is committed to providing water and wastewater at an affordable rate to its customers. Measuring water and sewer rates in relation to median income in San Francisco is one indication of affordability.
The Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), SFPUC’s 20-year, multi-billion dollar investment in upgrading the city’s aging sewer infrastructure so that it is seismically safe and reliable, includes specific goals and levels of service that the SFPUC has set to guide project selection and evaluate program implementation. One such goal is to maintain ratepayer affordability, and the SFPUC has pledged to keep customer bills less than 2.5 percent of an average household income for a single-family home throughout the multi-phased SSIP implementation. This level of service goal applies to Water and Wastewater, as historically these are the services provided to residents of San Francisco by the SFPUC. The specific target for fiscal year 2018-19 is to keep customer bills for water and wastewater less than 1.5 percent.
AVERAGE PERCENT OF SAN FRANCISCO MEDIAN INCOME SPENT ON WATER AND WASTEWATER PER FISCAL YEAR
How the Public Utilities Commission is Performing
SFPUC’s rates are generally on par with its peers and lower than the affordability criteria established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Utility bills reflect the cost of SFPUC’s efforts maintain assets in good working order, encourage conservation, and cover costs associated with the extraction, treatment, distribution, and delivery of water, as well as the treatment and disposal of wastewater, and delivery of power. Rates are set four years at a time.
In fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-16, customers conserved water due to the drought and voluntary 10 percent reduction implemented by SFPUC. The average monthly volume of water used by single family customers decreased. As a result, water and wastewater bills have decreased compared to target percentages. The California drought state of emergency was lifted in April 2017.
How Performance is Measured
This measure is determined by calculating the annual average household bill. Median income comes from the City and County of San Francisco’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and is adjusted for inflation. Figures are calculated for 1) Water, Wastewater individually, and 2) combined Water and Wastewater.
- Learn more about SSIP Goals and Levels of Service.
- Learn more about Rates Schedule and Fees.
- Learn more about 2015-18 Proposed Water and Sewer Rates.
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