Northshore Utility District has not raised rates for the last three years, regrettably this practice is not sustainable. The decision to raise rates is an issue that every responsible utility must face. The good news is, there is no increase for water again this year however, this is not the case for sewer. Unfortunately, King County Wastewater Treatment Division (KCWTD) raised rates by 4.5% and this will be treated as a pass-through cost to District customers (KCWTD Capital Improvements). The decision was reached after the District held two public hearings, on February 24, 2021 and March 1, 2021. See rate tables below for more detail.
- View the 2021 Rate Resolution
Rate Comparison Table
Comparing rates among other agencies can be difficult, since wholesale service providers significantly impact costs. Some agencies have their own water and wastewater treatment plants, whereas NUD uses regional providers SPU for water and King County for wastewater.
The table below compares NUD's rates to neighboring utility providers who also purchase water from SPU and pay King County to treat their sewage.
About Franchise Fees
The District has entered into franchise agreements with each city in which it provides service. Per the terms of these agreements, the District is required to pay each city a franchise fee. These are separate fees set by and paid directly to each city, either listed as a separate line item on your bill or embedded within your rates. The District does not keep any of the amounts collected.