On December 14, 2020, City Council adopted new Utilities budget and rates for 2021-2022. Learn more about 2021-2022 rate information, how rates are set, and how Utilities is managing costs during COVID.
In this short video, Utilities Director Nav Otal covers the Utilities rate-setting process, considerations during COVID, and some of our frequently asked questions on this topic.
Utility Rates Overview
Utility services are funded through rates. The City Council approves new rates for Bellevue Utilities that go into effect every January 1. Rates are reviewed regularly to ensure the level of service expected by customers continues to be provided.
Our purpose is simple – we provide efficient, daily essential services that keep Bellevue one of the best places to live while remaining competitive with what neighboring cities charge for similar services.
Combined Monthly Bill Comparison
The chart below shows that Bellevue's utilities rates are competitive with what neighboring cities charge. The comparison is based on the following:
- 2021 rates for Bellevue (neighboring city rates show 2020 levels)
- Water: Consumption of 8.5 ccf (6,358 gallons)/month, 3/4” water meter
- Wastewater: Use of 7.5 ccf (5,610 gallons)/month, bill includes Metro charge
- Storm: 10,000 square-foot lot, moderately developed surface area
Charges are based on the size of your meter and amount of water you use. Water use is billed in units of 100 cubic feet (1ccf). 100 cubic feet of water equals 748 gallons.
Charges for single-family homes include a wastewater treatment charge from King County Metro and volume charges based on average water use between December 15 and June 15. Multifamily has a per-unit rate with additional charges based on water use over the minimum amount. Wastewater charges for businesses are based on a charge from King County Metro and a volume charge determined by your water use.
Storm and Surface Water
Flood prevention/care of streams and lakes service charges are based on the square footage of your property and the percentage of impervious surface (roofs, driveways, decks, etc.)
For questions about rates, please contact the Utilities Department at 425-452-6932 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get involved with rate setting and the city's budget by attending Environmental Services Commission meetings.