Water and sewer rates in Glendale are scheduled to increase in January.
Infrastructure costs account for a large amount of Water Services’ budget and this rate increase is meant to spread that cost over many years avoiding a significant increase in a single year, according to the department’s monthly brief “What’s on Tap?”
On average, Glendale residents pay $31.48 for water and $28.41 for sewage.
Water rates will rise 6.5% to about $33.22, while sewage rates will rise 5.5% to about $29.98.
A four-part video series by the city of Glendale called “Water Today Water Tomorrow” says the rate increase will help the city maintain Glendale’s 1,000 miles of water mains and four water treatment plants.
It takes about $1 million to replace one mile of 8 inch water pipe, the videos says.
The city suggests various ways to conserve water such as washing clothes less often, buying less bottled water and opting in the landscaping rebate program.
This program encourages residents to replace at minimum 500 square feet of grass with desert landscaping. Artificial grass and bare soil do not qualify. Residents can earn $150-$750 depending on how much grass they convert to an Arizona friendly yard. Making the switch can save 50% or more on outside water use.
Glendale releases a water quality report every year and is available on their website.
The 2018 report contains a water quality analysis that includes all substances detected, the highest level of each substance permitted by federal regulation and the highest level detected in Glendale water.
A description of where these substances originate from are included as well.
For example, acceptable levels of arsenic and nitrate were found in Glendale water in 2018.
The arsenic comes from natural deposits, runoff from orchards and runoff from glass and electronics production wastes.
The nitrate comes from fertilizer use, leakage from septic tanks and sewage and erosion of natural sediments.
Glendale water meets the Environmental Protection Agency’s water safety standards.