Pasadena residents and PWP customers could see a 13 to 17% rise in their water bills over the next year. The staff of the city is recommending the increase be staged into two phases. The first 7.1% increase would take place on April 1 and a 7.2% increase would go into effect at the beginning of the year.
PWP has a service area of 26 miles, serving a population of 172,000, with more than 38,000 water accounts. The water system itself consists of 520 miles of water mains, seven active wells, 14 reservoirs, and 19 booster stations. Many of the original water mains actually date back nearly 100 years, said PWP Engineer Chris Ojeda in a meeting last week.