Why is the City raising water and sewer rates even though residents are conserving?
Water and sewer rate increases were necessary to pay for regional water projects, the higher costs of buying water, and declining water sales.
• The San Diego County Water Authority, who we buy our water from, has invested heavily to increase the region’s water supply. These investments include raising the San Vicente Dam, building the Carlsbad Desalination Plant, and lining the All American and Coachella canals. While these efforts have greatly increased the region’s water supply, it has also increased the cost of water.
• In addition, the Water Authority’s rates include price increases from the Metropolitan Water District, where the Water Authority receives half of its water.
• Declining water sales caused by the drought no longer generate sufficient revenue to cover the costs of maintaining pipes and operating the treatment plant. In order to maintain safe and reliable water service, rates had to be increased to cover these costs.
• Several years ago the City lowered sewer rates and began using sewer reserve funds to cover sewer operating expenses. As planned, the City is incrementally increasing sewer rates to get back to full cost recovery.

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1. Why did I receive a Custom Water Report and what does it mean?
2. What does “Estimated 2015-16 Water Target” mean? If I go over this target, will I be charged? Will my water be shut off?
3. Why is my conservation target the same amount as I used in 2013?
4. I moved here after 2013; what will my target be based on?
5. What if I have more/less people in my household since 2013? Will my estimated target be different?
6. If Poway is fined $10,000 a day for not conserving 32%, how much will I be charged?
7. Why is the City raising water and sewer rates even though residents are conserving?
8. Why aren’t higher water users charged more for water?
9. Why should I be fined when I see the City watering all the time?
10. My street’s average is really high; can you make my neighbors lower their usage? Why should I conserve when they’re not?
11. What is the City’s plan if they continue to not meet the goal? Will there be further restrictions?
12. Why is the lowest water target 22 units?
13. What if I have a pool/spa?
14. Are there any rebates to help reduce my usage?
15. Will El Niño end the drought?