Understanding Your Bill/Rates

The current rates are broken into six user categories:

  • Single-family Residential
  • Duplex Residential
  • Multi-family Residential
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Irrigation

Effective Oct 1, 2017, the average single-family residential customer in Long Beach using 10 billing units of water each month would be billed approximately $44.45 per month. For 10 billing units of sewer charges each month, the average customer would be billed $11.51 by the City of Long Beach for usage and $13.83 by LA County Sanitation District for county trunk line conveyance and treatment, for a total of $25.34 in total sewer charges each month.

LBWD’s Cost of Service and Rate Study Report includes the development of potable water, recycled water and sewer rates that are both fair and consistent with Proposition 218 based on the most current industry information available. The report summarizes the key findings and results related to the revisions of the tiers, rates, daily service charges, and customer impacts. To read the report click here.

For those customers who qualify for the City's utility-users' tax exemption and are on record with the City of Long Beach Treasurer, there is no charge for each of the first six billing units of water consumption, in addition to an approximate $5.00 monthly service charge credit.  For more on Utility Assistance click here.

In FY 2017-2018, there was a 4 percent increase in water rates and a 2 percent increase in sewer rates. To view the Long Beach Water Department FY 2017-2018 Budget, click here.

More Information

For a comparison of average monthly water and sewer bills in California, please click on your choice below:

Per Water Department's Resolution No. WD-1376 dated June 15, 2017 as approved by the City Council.