Sweetwater Authority Approves Two Rate Hikes to Start 2024 and 2025

Tens of thousands of South Bay residents will pay more for water next year.

The Sweetwater Authority approved a .5% rate hike beginning Jan. 1 and another 6% hike the following year. By 2026, rates could go up another 6.5%, according to the agency.

Sweetwater Authority Proposing Series of Water Rate Hikes for 2024

Thousands of South Bay residents could see their water rates begin to increase at the start of 2024.

The Sweetwater Authority, which supplies water to 200,000 people in parts of Chula Vista, National City and Bonita, will be voting on the hike next week. This would be the first time the Sweetwater Authority has raised their water rates in five years. If ultimately approved, this series of rate hikes would begin on January first.

SDCWA Begins FY ’24-25 Budget Process

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) last week started a months-long public process to refine its next two-year budget and draft a preliminary proposed rate increase for 2024. The average rates charged by the Water Authority are currently projected to rise by approximately 14% next year, though agency staff and board members are assessing strategies to lower the number.