Safe, reliable drinking water is our highest priority.
It governs every decision we make at the St. Cloud Drinking Water Utility.
In 2019, St. Cloud adopted a new rate structures to ensure the reliability and affordability of water, while addressing the increased number of State and Federal water regulation requirements for both drinking water and stormwater utilities.
The new rate structure will include an inclining block rate structure, to comply with DNR water conservation requirements.
St. Cloud's main focus is safe, reliable drinking water.
The new rate structure is being implemented to ensure the reliability and affordability of water, while addressing the increased number of State and Federal water regulations that the drinking water and stormwater utilities must meet.
St. Cloud is the northern-most drinking water facility on the Mississippi River, which means we are the first facility responsible for treating the drinking water that comes from the River.
St. Cloud's water has been voted among the best in Minnesota, and the new rate increase will help us continue to make technological improvements that will make it even better.
Property taxes do not fund the Drinking Water or Stormwater Utilities.
The costs of producing clean, safe drinking water is recovered through utility fees.
The St. Cloud Drinking Water Facility treats up to 14 million gallons of water a day in the summer - well over 3 billion gallons a year.
We use this water for everything from filling our water bottles, to taking showers, to doing our laundry, to making our coffee in the morning. The water isn't just used at home, either - every business, hospital, clinic, bar, and restaurant in St. Cloud also requires water.
In addition to treating the drinking water, the Drinking Water Utility is responsible for maintaining the over 300 miles of buried pipes that convey clean water throughout the city to your home. We are also responsible for maintaining fire hydrants and water meters.
St. Cloud is proud to be a self-sustaining water utility - we want to continue providing residents with the cleanest, best tasting water we can. The new rates will help us with:
- Delivering over 3 billion gallons of safe drinking water per year
- Maintaining over 300 miles of pipes to maintain water quality and reduce pipe corrosion
- Inspecting and maintaining over 3,300 hydrants in the City
- Responding to main breaks, extreme weather events and other emergencies
- Assuring that fire flow is available to protect life and property
- Continuing to make improvements to St. Cloud's Drinking Water Facility in order to provide the best possible water for our residents
- Reading over 19,000 meters on a bi-monthly basis
The average median single-family home utility bill will increase by a very small amount
For the average family in St. Cloud, the Drinking Water charges will increase by only $3.50/month, or $7.00/billing cycle.
The stormwater fee will increase by $2.40/month per household.
All customers in St. Cloud pay the same rate
Drinking Water charges will vary based on use - but all customers pay the same rate. The bi-monthly bill begins with a $15.00 fixed charge, from there, your bill will vary based on your usage.
St. Cloud has one of the lowest drinking water rates in the area.
St. Cloud is committed to providing delicious, healthy drinking water at an affordable rate for our residents.
Within the St. Cloud metro area, St. Cloud has the second lowest water rates and the lowest stormwater utility rates.