Master Plans and Rate Studies

Master Plans are comprehensive documents that outline the current state, future needs, and strategies for managing our City's water supply, wastewater collection, and stormwater drainage. These plans help us with infrastructure planning, regulatory compliance, and risk management - all of which are essential for long-term infrastructure resiliency and sustainability. 

Water Master Plan (WMP): This plan assesses the City's water supply sources, distribution infrastructure, and demand projections. It includes recommendations for infrastructure upgrades that help ensure an adequate and reliable water supply to meet our City's current and future needs. 

Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP): This plan provides a roadmap for ensuring a sustainable, reliable, and equitable water supply for urban residents and businesses while safeguarding water resources for future generations. The City's UWMP includes a Water Shortage Contingency Plan (WSCP) which is a strategic document designed to prepare for and respond to water shortages. 

Water Rate Study: This study is a comprehensive analysis to evaluate the structure and level of water rates charged to customers for water services. The primary purpose of a water rate study is to ensure that the rates set by the utility are fair, equitable, and sufficient to cover the costs of providing water services while meeting financial objectives and regulatory requirements. A list of the approved Water Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects per the April 16, 2024 water and sewer rate adjustment is located here: Water CIP Projects 2024-04-16

Sewer Master Plan (SMP): This plan focuses on the collection and disposal of wastewater and sewage within the City. It evaluates the condition and capacity of sewer lift stations and sewer pipelines, and environmental regulations. It includes recommendations for infrastructure upgrades to reduce the risk of sewage overflows and accommodate population growth, as needed. 

Sewer Rate Study: This study is a critical tool that assesses the financial health of our sewer systems, evaluates the fairness and effectiveness of existing rate structures, and helps to make informed decisions about rate adjustments to ensure the long-term sustainability and affordability of sewer services. A list of the approved Sewer Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects per the April 16, 2024 water and sewer rate adjustment is located here: Sewer CIP Projects 2024-04-16

Master Plan of Drainage (MPD): Storm drain systems are designed to manage rainfall runoff and prevent flooding in urban areas. This plan assesses the effectiveness of existing drainage infrastructure, identifies flood-prone areas, and includes recommendations for infrastructure upgrades to mitigate flooding risks. 

For questions related to any of these master planning and/or rate study documents, please contact the Utilities Division at (714) 536-5921.