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Casper City Council approves utility rate hikes; sewer and water rates will rise to begin 2022 and again in 2023

Water tanks off of Wyoming Boulevard in Casper. (Screenshot via Google Street View)

CASPER, Wyo. — On Tuesday, the Casper City Council voted in favor of water and sewer rate hikes that will take effect on January 1, 2022 and again on January 1, 2023.

The City of Casper will raise sewer rates by 11% to begin 2022 and by 11% again to start 2023. Water rates, meanwhile, will rise by 7% to begin 2022 and again by 7% to begin 2023. The rate hikes come in part as a response to inflation with materials important to utility infrastructure, such as PVC pipe, seeing dramatic rises, as explained in a previous article.

With the council’s authorization of the rate hikes, sewer and water rate schedules in Casper over the next two years will look as follows:

  • Retail sewer:
    • Minimum charges:
      • Current: $9.76 per month
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $10.83 per month
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $12.03 per month
    • Volume rate:
      • Current: $3.97 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $4.41 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $4.89 per thousand gallons
    • Impact of hike on the average customer:
      • 2022 rate increase: “The proposed rate would add an additional $3.04 or 11.0% increase to the average sewer residential customer who uses 6,500 gallons of sewer per month,” city staff explain.
      • 2023 rate increase: “This would add an additional $3.36 or 11.0% increase to the average sewer residential customer who uses 6,500 gallons of sewer per month.”
    • Minimum usage volume would remain at 2,000 gallons
  • Retail water:
    • Minimum charges:
      • Current: $8.46
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $9.05 per month
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $9.69 per month
    • Volume rate:
      • Current: $3.98 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $4.26 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $4.56 per thousand gallons
    • Impact of hike on the average customer:
      • 2022 rate increase: “This would add an additional $3.38 or 7.0% increase to the average monthly residential customer who uses 11,500 gallons of water per month.”
      • 2023 rate increase: “This would add an additional $3.61 or 7.0% increase to the average monthly residential customer who uses 11,500 gallons of water per month.”
    • Minimum usage volume would remain at 1,500 gallons
  • Wholesale water and outside-city retail water rates
    • Rates for customers connected to Central Wyoming Regional Water System transmission lines:
      • Current: $2.55 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $2.70 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $2.85 per thousand gallons
    • Rates for customers connected to Casper Water transmission lines
      • Current: $3.42 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $3.63 per thousand gallons
      • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $3.85 per thousand gallons
    • Existing outside-city retail water rates
      • Minimum charges:
        • Current: $10.54
        • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $11.34
        • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $12.20
      • Volume charges:
        • Current: $5.50 per thousand gallons
        • Starting Jan. 1, 2022: $5.92 per thousand gallons
        • Starting Jan. 1, 2023: $6.38 per thousand gallons

City staff have provided the following chart showing water and sewer rates in other communities in a memo on the topic:

Further details regarding the rate hikes are available in the city council’s work packet.

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