Cheyenne businesses and residents will see a 5% rate increase on their water and sewer bill beginning January 1, 2022. The City’s governing body approved these rate increases during the annual budget session earlier this year.
Revenues from water and sewer rates are invested directly back into the construction, maintenance, and operation of Cheyenne’s water and sewer system. Funding for the water and sewer system comes from water and sewer sales and fees, grants, water and sewer enterprise fund cash, and loans. All day-to-day operating costs and unplanned work, such as water main leaks, are paid solely by rates and fees.
In 2020, The Board of Public Utilities (BOPU) Board members chose to defer rate increases for 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact on the economy. However, operations and maintenance of the water and sewer systems is expected to cost nearly $20 million in 2022, and the 5% rate increase is necessary for the cost of continued services Cheyenne residents expect.