Petaluma residents will likely see small water and sewer rate hikes for each of the next five years as the city looks at passing on wholesale water costs to customers and adopts annual inflationary increases.
But, the city's water experts said, the hikes aren't as bad as they could have been — and are lower than each of the last five years' increases.
One segment of customers — mobile home park residents, often seniors or lower-income residents — could even see a dollar or two savings per month.
On Monday night, the council received a five-year rate analysis that examined the city's existing rates, costs and billing structures.
The analysis anticipates water and sewer revenue increases of 4 and 5 percent, respectively, will be needed in January to maintain current operations and maintenance of water delivery and sewer treatment services to the city's 58,000 residents.