Why does the City need capital improvements and why does that affect our rates?

The City’s water utility owns $16.4 million in infrastructure that is used to deliver water. A reliable and safe water system is a valuable asset and an essential element of the quality of life in Sonoma. Approximately $7.4 million of capital improvement projects are planned over the next five years to replace aging water mains, to make necessary improvements to maintain water service in the volumes and at the pressures needed to fight fires, and to install advanced meter systems to lower operating costs, quickly detect leaks and other problems, and encourage conservation. These improvements will replace old and potentially leaking lines and provide real-time information to quickly identify leaks or other problems.

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