2023-24 Water and Wastewater Rates Studies

To keep pace with inflation and rising costs of providing safe, reliable water and sewer services, the City of Huntington Beach is conducting utility rates studies of its water and wastewater (sewer) services. Ideally, rate studies should be performed every 3-5 years. The City’s rates were last adjusted in 2019. Over the past 5 years, inflation has risen nearly 21% affecting the costs of providing these services.

Some key examples of water infrastructure needs include:


Other key examples of important sewer infrastructure needs include:



Prop 218 Notice

Water Rate Study (pdf)

Wastewater Rate Study (pdf)

Financial consultants and City staff have been working diligently on a series of steps involving data evaluation and technical analyses to derive customer rates while considering customer impacts of any rate modifications. The goal of the rates studies is to ensure that the rates customers pay for water and sewer services are:

The public is encouraged to follow the rates study process and learn more about your water and sewer services. Follow this page and join us at community and public meetings listed below to learn how rates are determined, California Proposition 218 requirements, and how the rates you pay are an investment in our critical infrastructure.

Stay Connected 

As the City conducts water and wastewater utility rates studies, we invite the community to learn more and provide input. Submit comments and questions via email to [email protected] or call the Public Works Department at (714) 536-5431.


Huntington Beach Legal Rate Setting


View Existing Utility Rates:

Rates 101

Calendar of Meetings/Open Houses









Community Open House

Wed., Nov. 8

6-7:30 p.m.

Murdy Community Center

7000 Norma Dr., Huntington Beach 92647

Community Open House

Thursday, Dec. 7

5:30-7 p.m.

Senior Center in Central Park

18041 Goldenwest St.

Huntington Beach 92648





City Council - Study Session

Tuesday, Jan. 16


City Hall, Council Chambers

2000 Main Street, HB

Cancelled: Community Open House

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024


6-8 pm

Central Library

7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach 92648

1st Public Hearing

 Tuesday, April 16


City Hall, Council Chambers

2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach 92648

2nd Public Hearing

Tuesday, May 7

6 pm

City Hall, Council Chambers

2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach 92648



Huntington Beach Open House Flyer English
Huntington Beach Open House Flyer Spanish

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Contact Information

City of Huntington Beach
Public Works Department
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA
Phone: (714) 536-5431
Fax: (714) 374-1573

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