Utility Rate Increases

Utility Rate Increase

Due to the increased cost of supplying water, sewer, and garbage services, there will be a slight increase starting in the August 2022 utility bill. For any questions about your bill, please call City Hall at 515.986.3036.

 

How much will my utility bill go up?

Here’s how the specific rate increases break down.

  • Water - $10.20 to $10.46 per 1,000 galloons
  • Wastewater – $7.65 to $8.22 per 1,000 gallons
  • Solid waste – $10.70 to $13.91 per household, per month
  • Stormwater – no increase

For the average home (4,000 gallons per month) the total utility bill will increase by about $6.53 a month. Rates have not increased since 2020.

 

Why is my bill going up?

The cost to supply water, sewer, and garbage services have increased. The City is also in the process of joining the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Authority (WRA) and will decommission the wastewater treatment plant in town. While this is causing an increase in the sewer rate in the short term, it will be significantly cheaper for the City and its residents in the long term. The City will also be constructing new water mains near the western edge of the City. These water mains will help address redundancy and water quality within the water system.

 

When will I see the change?

The new rates will be in the August 2022 bill.

 

How does Grimes compare to other cities in the metro?

When you factor in water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste fees, the City of Grimes has one of the lower utility rates in the area. The chart below compares utility bills for communities in the Des Moines metro and includes the total bill for an average user (4,000 gallons per month).

 

 

Are there programs available to help people who can’t afford their utility bills?

There are some state programs to assist low-income Iowans with utility payments. The Iowa Finance Authority has the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program that assists eligible households with past due utility payments (water, electricity, gas, propane, sewer, and/or trash removal). For more information and to apply, visit https://www.iowafinance.com/iowa-rent-and-utility-assistance-program/ or call 515-348-8813.