Water Rate FAQ
It is the goal of the City of Yelm to keep water rates as low as possible for our customers. Rate adjustments ensure the proper funding of the infrastructure that delivers safe drinking water.
What do water rates fund?
Water rates fund the infrastructure and operations required to maintain the City's water distribution system. Our system enables us to collect, treat, and deliver safe water to our residents, while also providing essential fire protection services. Water rates are carefully considered by Yelm City Council and city staff to ensure proper maintenance and infrastructure needs while keeping rates affordable.
Will consumption affect my bill, and what can I do to reduce my water consumption?
The City operates on a tiered usage rate, meaning the less you use, the less you pay. Community conservation efforts help keep utility rates down across the board. You can reduce consumption in your home by installing efficient fixtures, and performing consistent maintenance.
Who approved the rate adjustments and when did they take affect?
The Yelm City Council and city staff worked during open public meetings to develop a sustainable funding plan for 2021. The water rate adjustment was approved by the Council on November 24, 2020 and became effective for January 2021 billing cycle. Rates will be re-evaluated in September of 2021.
Does the city offer a reduced rate?
We offer a discounted rate for senior citizens, disabled community members and low income families. 2018 was the first year the city has implemented a 50 percent reduced base rate for those citizens and the city will continue to seek options to lower utility costs. A reduced rate application is available here.