2018-2022 Proposed Sewer Rate Increase
The City is proposing to increase the current base rate which appears on your annual property tax bill as “SSF SEWER CHARGE”, in FY 2017-18 by 15% for all user groups. The City is proposing to raise the commercial and residential sewer service rates over the next five (5) years to pay for increased operating costs and large Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. The subsequent proposed annual increases are as follows: 10% in 2018-19, 5% in 2019-20, 5% in 2020-21, and 5% in 2021-22.
Since the last sewer rate plan was approved, staff focused the Capital Improvement Program to fund:
- A web-based monitoring system to remotely monitor operations;
- The purchase and installation of additional efficient turbo blowers, which provides energy cost savings; and
- Point repairs and installation of new
linersin existing sewer mains to prevent root intrusion and reduce sewage leakage into the ground.
In the next five-year CIP, staff forecasts approximately $77 million worth of capital improvement projects that will:
- Provide the replacement of two digesters and retrofit a third which allows the plant to achieve an approximate operational cost savings of $150,000 annually;
- Complete projects critical to maintaining the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit; and
- Upgrade and increase reliability during utility power outages though the design and construction of automatic switchgear and cogeneration controls.
In order to complete the proposed capital projects, the City must increase its current rates. The City’s rates are currently low compared with other San Mateo County cities and will continue to be lower than most, even with the proposed rate adjustment for next year. With a proposed 15% increase next year, residents will see an increase of approximately $7 per month in
The proposed rates will be recommended to the South San Francisco City Council for adoption following a PUBLIC HEARING at the City Council meeting scheduled for June 28, 2017, at 7:00 PM (Municipal Services Building, 33 Arroyo Drive, So. San Francisco). Your written protests must be delivered to the City Clerk by the close of the public hearing in order to be considered.
Any property owner, who receives sewer service from the City or the tenant responsible for payment of the sewer service, may file a written protest against the proposed rate increase with the City Clerk. The protest must include: (1) the property owner name and address, (2) the assessor’s parcel number (APN), and (3) signature of the person submitting the protest. No more than one protest per parcel may be submitted. The written protest may be:
- Hand delivered or mailed to the City (City Clerk's Office, 400 Grand Avenue, So San Francisco, CA 94080);
- Received by mail no later than 4:00 pm on June 28, 2017 (see address above); or
- Delivered in person no later than the closing of the public hearing.
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WQCP Digester and Wet Weather Improvements Projects
WQCP Secondary Clarifiers No. 1 and No. 2 Rehabilitation
Project Scope: This project will remove and replace drive mechanism and center columns, repair concrete tank structure, and abrasively blast and recoat tank interior and exterior.
Project Justification: The Water Quality Control Plant was originally constructed in 1965, with a condition assessment completed in 2015. Repairing drive mechanisms as well as repairing and recoating concrete structure are recommended.
WQCP Switchgear and Cogeneration Controls Upgrade
Project Scope: This state of the art project will design, construct and replace automatic switchgear and cogeneration controls in Blower Building No. 1.
Project Justification: The original K1/K2 switchgear and cogeneration controls were installed during the 1992 plant expansion project. Parts are no longer available for servicing this equipment. Upgrading the controls would also allow the cogeneration system to operate while the plant is on standby generators, thus reducing the extending our run time. This upgrade will replace the obsolete analog switchgear and cogeneration controls providing more reliable operation during utility power outages.