2018 Rate Increase

Residential Rate Increase
Commercial Rate Increase
Frequently Asked Questions
 

The city of Nampa domestic water rate will increase for a third consecutive year on Jan. 1, 2018. Here's the timeline:

 
  • In 2015 the City of Nampa conducted an extensive study to evaluate the cost of domestic water delivery and what needed to be done to maintain the city’s aging water system. Domestic water includes all water consumed in your home or business whether it is for drinking, preparing food, bathing, washing clothes and dishes, brushing teeth or any other household water use
  • After mailings, open houses and a public hearing, the Nampa City Council in January 2016 approved a water rate increase, effective March 1, 2016. At that same time, the City Council indicated it would revisit this issue in 2017 and 2018, because the study recommended similar increases for domestic water rates in the next two years.
  • Nampa City Council approved the 2017 rate increase on January 17, 2017 but to make the increase easier on customers they split the average 18% increase into two average 9% increases, effective March 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018. 
  • Looking ahead, another 18% increase could be recommended, but it would need to be approved by Nampa City Council and another public hearing will be required.  Future annual increases of 4.5 percent are likely, so customers don’t have large increases later on.
 

Why Several Years of Increases?


These increases were recommended after an extensive water rate study that found serious deficiencies in our water delivery system. Nampa’s aging water system has worked silently for years without significant pipe replacement but now it is time to reinvest. Without reinvestment, we could be headed for a water crisis characterized by unplanned outages, emergency repairs and even higher costs. Emergency repairs can cost 15 times more than planned replacement because they frequently require overtime staff hours, result in property damage, and can occur under newly paved roadways. 
 
Pre-increase funding barely covers operations and basic maintenance costs. An additional $33.4 million will be needed over the next 10 years. Increases will fund ongoing replacement of nearly 470 miles of domestic pipeline (some of which is over 100 years old), upgrading pumps to bring water from its source to your home, increasing supply and maintaining water quality to ensure clean, safe, drinking water.

Projects to be funded with the rate increase.
  
Rates are different for residential and commercial properties. Please note that some residential customers live in either non-single family or even commercial or industrial zones -- and those rates are higher. If you have questions about your water bill, call (208) 468-5711 or send an email to:
utility@cityofnampa.us

Public Involvement


There were several opportunities for the public to provide comment on the rate increase. All comments were compiled and submitted to Nampa City Council on January 17, 2017 during the water rate increase public hearing.
  • Community open houses were held on January 4 and 5, 2017, at the Nampa Civic Center and Snake River Elementary School.
  • Customers were encouraged to provide comments via email or phone.
  • Public hearing on January 17, 2017.

Notification


  • A letter describing the rate increase, community open houses and public hearing was included in all city of Nampa utility bills from mid-October through December, 2016.
  • A webpage describing the rate increase has been active since mid-October, 2015.
  • A press release was issued on December 21, 2016.
  • Legal notice of the public hearing was posted in the Idaho Press-Tribune.
  • Facebook postings were made in advance of each open house
Open House Display Boards
 (Note that City Council approved the rate increase in 2 parts, 9% effective March 1, 2017, and 9% effective January 1, 2018)