The Department is divided into three separate Enterprise Funds; water, local wastewater and subregional, to maintain accountability to the rate payers by ensuring revenue received for each of these services is used only to provide that particular service. Utility Enterprise revenues cannot be used for other City purposes like Police and Fire services, with the exception of those services directly benefiting the Utilities Department, including such things as accounting, payroll, human resources, City Manager, City Attorney, and City Council services.
Water includes water supply planning, water purchase, water quality, storage, distribution and maintenance, repair and replacement of the City’s water system. Local Wastewater includes collection and transportation of wastewater from customers to the subregional treatment plant and maintenance, repair and replacement of the collection system. Subregional includes long range planning and compliance; current environmental monitoring and compliance; and industrial waste pretreatment, treatment, testing, disposal and reclamation of the collected wastewater for Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Cotati and the South Park County Sanitation District.
For information on the City's current budget process, please click here.
For Utilities budget information for 2013/14:
Please click here for the Utilities Department's Preliminary Budget Analysis and Annual Report.
Please click here for the presentation to the Board of Public Utilities for Approval of Preliminary 2013/14 Subregional Water Reuse System Operating and Debt Service Budget and Allocation of Costs (video).
Please click here for the presentation to the Board of Public Utilities for Review and Recommendation of the 2013/14 Water & Local Wastewater Operations & Maintenance and Capital Improvement Program Budget Appropriation (video).
- 2013/14 Subregional Water Reuse System Preliminary Budget Review (BPU Meeting, April 4, 2013) - (click here for PowerPoint presentation).
- Utilities Department 2013/14 Water and Wastewater Operations and Maintenance Budget Review (BPU Study Session, April 4, 2013) - (click here for PowerPoint presentation).
- 2013/14 Water & Local Wastewater Operations & Maintenance and Capital Improvement Program Budget Appropriation Review & Recommendation to City Council (BPU Meeting, May 2, 2013) - (click here for PowerPoint presentation).
For information on the water and sewer rate increases for 2014 and 2015, please click here.