To provide the best possible customer service, the City of Issaquah is considering the impacts of providing utility services to all of its citizens.
Chances are, we already provide your water and sewer service. However, 1.8 percent of the City of Bellevue’s water system and 7.6 percent of the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District (SPWSD) fall inside our City limits. View a map of service areas.
Issaquah recently completed a utility study, which concluded that providing utility service citywide would increase efficiencies.
In addition, provided Bellevue and SPWSD are cooperative with this possible switch, it is estimated that typical single-family customers joining Issaquah would pay less.
Here’s an estimated breakdown:
Typical SPWSD single-family customer
• With SPWSD: $105.58• With City of Issaquah: $95.57
Typical City of Bellevue single-family customer
• With City of Bellevue: $105.43• With City of Issaquah: $95.57
Providing these utility services could also enhance customer service by reducing confusion on who offers what service, and help Issaquah avoid differences in fees.
These rate projections factor in the cost of maintaining and replacing the infrastructure as needed.
Moreover, the state recommends and encourages cities to provide services, such as water and sewer, inside their city limits. This practice is also supported by King County and City of Issaquah policies.
As a next step, the Issaquah City Council will review the study and determine whether to move forward with the assumption of the utility services.