As Tacoma Public Utilities adjusts rates, we understand that decisions we make will impact you. We take that responsibility seriously.
It’s our job to provide services that are vital to your quality of life. To continue to provide reliable, high-quality service, Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water must invest in their systems.
Tacoma Power owns and operates an extensive system that requires constant maintenance and upgrades. The utility operates and maintains seven hydroelectric dams, nearly 2,300 miles of power lines and dozens of substations. Tacoma Water must maintain its 1,350 miles of pipe, 27,000 valves, 10,000 fire hydrants and the many other components of its system.
New rates for Tacoma Water
Starting Jan. 1, 2016, Tacoma Water residential rates increased.
If you live in Tacoma, your monthly water bill increased by about $1.41 per month, plus an additional $1.13 fee to cover the cost of fire hydrant service (for a total increase of $2.54). If you live outside of Tacoma, your bill will increase by about $2.11 a month.
Tacoma Power rates
On April 1, 2015, Tacoma Power residential rates increased for some customers and decreased for others, depending on where you live. (There are no Tacoma Power rate increases in 2016.)
If you live in Tacoma, unincorporated Pierce County, Federal Way, Milton or Roy, your monthly electric bill increased by about $2.20 per month in 2015.
If you live in Fife, your bill decreased by about 70 cents per month in 2015. If you live in Fircrest, Lakewood, Steilacoom or University Place, your bill decreased by about $3.75 per month.
Impact of franchise fees
The rate changes for different jurisdictions are related to franchise fees. Some jurisdictions charge Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water franchise fees to be their utility provider. A legal change requires TPU to now charge customers the same rate, no matter where they live.
View Environmental Services rates, set by the City of Tacoma.