Utility Rate Information

Setting Rates 

Utility Billing employeeJust like you and your family, City staff plan and budget for utility expenses and revenues. To ensure the utilities can meet community needs, we do both short-term (annual budgets and rate setting) and long-term planning (utility master plans).

When setting rates each year, we take great care to focus on essential needs in order to minimize the financial impacts on utility customers. Utility rates are designed to smooth out rate impacts over several years.

The City of Olympia bills every two months (bi-monthly).


Average Utility Rates

The table below shows the current and previous years' rates for a typical single-family bi-monthly residential bill.

Utility 2015 2016
Waste ReSources1 $43.90 $46.31
Drinking Water2 $44.97 $48.25
Wastewater3 $39.33 $41.30
LOTT4 $72.12 $74.28
Storm & Surface Water5 $23.89 $25.49
Total: $224.21 $235.63
Total % Increase 4% 5.1%
Total $ Increase $8.88 $11.42

1Assumes 65 gal/bi-weekly garbage service with recycling for a bi-monthly bill.

2Bi-monthly drinking water cost expressed as calendar year average (12 ccf)

3 Assumes average drinking water usage. Visit the City's wastewater Tiered Rates webpage. 

4City of Olympia does not develop this rate, visit LOTT's website for more information.  

Post 1990 subdivisions with an implemented maintenance agreement receive a discounted rate.


Detailed Utility Rates

The sections below provide detailed rate information for residential, commercial, and multi-family customers for each of our utilities.

2016 Residential Bi-Monthly Garbage Rates

Cart Size withOUT Recycle With Recycle
20 gallon $19.64 $19.64
35 gallon $42.54 $33.92
65 gallon $58.06 $46.32
96 gallon $100.56 $80.26
2-65 gallons $110.98 $88.64

 

Commercial Rates (Permanent Containers)

Commercial cart, dumpster, and drop box rates vary with the size of container and frequency of pick-up. View rate information for:

The Drinking Water portion of your utility bill is made up of two parts:

  1. A flat rate fee that is charged to everyone, regardless of water use*.
  2. Consumption Charges that are calculated based on the amount of water you use.

1. Flat Rate Fees+

Ready-to-serve fee 2015 Bi-Monthly Rate 2016 bi-monthly rATE 
3/4" meter size $21.92  $23.52
1" residential fire sprinkler  $21.92 $23.52
1"  $29.18 $31.32
1 1/2"  $47.32 $50.78
2"  $69.06 $74.10
 3"     $127.12 $136.40
 4" $192.42  $206.46
 6" $373.76 $401.04
 8"  $591.40 $634.58
 10"     $845.28 $906.98
 12" $1,099.20

$1,179.44

*Residential and non-residential premises that are vacant shall be subject to payment of the full water ready-to-serve charge. This fee will be charged even if the water is turned off.

2. Consumption Charges

Residential Single-Family Water Rates 

Tier     2015      2016
Tier 1 (0 - 800 cf*) $1.62 per ccf  $1.74 per ccf
Tier 2 (801 - 1,800 cf) $2.67 per ccf  $2.86 per ccf
Tier 3 (1,801 - 2,800 cf) $4.25 per ccf  $4.56 per ccf
Tier 4 (2,801 + cf) $5.59 per ccf  $6.00 per ccf

Seasonal Multi-Family and Commercial Water Rates ++

    2015     2016

Winter Rate (Nov-June)

$2.23 per ccf

$2.39 per ccf

Summer Rate (July-Oct)

$3.33 per ccf

$3.57 per ccf

Irrigation Water Rates 

    2015     2016

Winter Rate (Nov-June)

$2.23 per ccf

 $2.39 per ccf 

Summer Rate (July-Oct)

$6.56 per ccf

$7.04 per ccf

Residential Bi-Monthly Storm and Surface Water Rates

2015 2016
Single-family parcels with or without accessory dwelling units(regardless of date approved) $23.58 $25.16
Plats approved after 1990 with signed maintenenace agreement $21.08 $22.50
Duplex parcels(regardless of date approve)

$23.59/unit or$47.18when billed as a single account

$25.16/unit or$50.32 when billed as a single account

Commercial Bi-Monthly Storm and Surface Water Rates

2015 2016
Administrative Fee $23.08 $24.62
Parcels developed after Jan 1990 (Category 1) $4.34 per billing unit* $4.63 per billing unit
Parcels developed between Jan 1980 and Jan 1990 (Category 2) $9.06 per billing unit $9.67 per billing unit
Parcels developed before 1980(Category 3) $11.43 per billing unit $12.20 per billing unit

* Billing unit is considered 2,528 feet of impervious surface development on a parcel.

The wastewater fee on the City utility bill is made up of two parts:

  1. The City portion covers the cost of maintaining the sewer pipes and pumps that carry wastewater away from your home or business to larger, regional sewer pipelines. The rate increased for most customers by about 5 percent.  For some customers, the rate actually decreased by up to 35%. This is due to new tiered rates for single-family residential customers. Visit the wastewater tiered rates webpage for more information on the discount.
  2. The LOTT Clean Water Alliance portion pays for the regional system and treatment of wastewater before it's released to the environment. The LOTT rate is set annually by the LOTT Board.

Residential and Duplex Bi-Monthly Wastewater Rates

2015 STANDARD
2016
DISCOUNTED
2016
City Fee $39.34 $41.30  $25.56*
LOTT Fee $72.12 $74.28  $74.28
TOTAL Fee $111.46 $115.58  $99.84

*Discounted wastewater rates are for those customers using less than 500 cubic feet of drinking water per bi-monthly billing cycle. This is about 8 cubic feet (60 gallons) of drinking water per day. Visit the wastewater tiered rates webpage for more information on the discount.

Multi-Family Bi-Monthly (70% of standard residential/duplex rates)

2015 2016
City Fee $27.54 $28.91
LOTT Fee $50.48 $52.00
TOTAL Fee $78.02 $80.91

Commercial Bi-Monthly Wastewater Rates

CITY FEE LOTT FEE
Fixed up to 1,400 cf Per 100 cf over 1,400 cf Fixed up to 1,800 cf Per 100 cf over 1,800 cf
2015 $39.34 $2.81 $72.12 $4.01
2016 $41.30 $2.95 $74.28 $4.13


Lifeline Rates

If you are a low-income customer and over 62, or permanently disabled, you may qualify for our Lifeline Rates.


Questions?

Contact Utility Billing at 360.753.8340