Annual Water and Retail Rate Survey

For the past three decades, the Advisory Board has been tracking the retail rates for the 60 MWRA communities and many out-of-system communities as well. Every year, the survey gives the communities and the ratepayers a chance to compare their own rates to those of their neighbors. They can also see the long-term trends of their rate history. The input from all of the communities makes the survey rich in information and continually the most requested Advisory Board publication.

For the 2019 calendar year, using the AWWA standard of 120 HCF per household usage annually, the average combined water and sewer bill for MWRA communities was $1,660. This is an increase of 3.54% from last year’s combined bill of $1,602. In comparison, the average wholesale rate change for wholesale communities in June of 2019 was 3.02%. When factoring in local, state, and federal data, the average household usage in the MWRA service area is estimated to be 70.5 HCF a year with an average combined bill of $867.

We are excited to note some enhancements to the Rate Survey document in 2019, particularly the inclusion new data in the survey’s Commonwealth communities section. Historically, this part of the document has shown how MWRA communities compared to non-MWRA communities in Massachusetts. This data was limited, however, providing only 22 communities for comparison. The 2019 document incorporates nearly 200 other Massachusetts communities in this section, expanding the document’s resourcefulness across the state.