Where do we get our water from?
  • The City of Modesto’s water supply is from City owned groundwater wells and treated surface water purchased from the Modesto Irrigation District.
  • Treated surface water and groundwater from the City’s wells are used conjunctively in our water service areas.
  • The City currently has a total of 91 wells (77 active, 14 inactive (due to water quality). 18 wells have been destroyed since 2016, all due to water quality issues)
  • On average the city provides its customers a 50/50 blend of well water and treated surface water

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1. What are the primary reasons we have to raise our rates every year?
2. Do we have to have a rate increase every year or can we stagger them more and have every other year?
3. What happens if we don’t raise the rates every year?
4. Where do we get our water from?
5. Do we buy or sell our water? If so, from/to whom?
6. Do we have water quality issues and if so, what are they, how serious, how do they get addressed?
7. Is our drinking water safe and reliable? How does the City verify that?
8. What happens to our water and our rates in the event of another drought?
9. Why do some surrounding cities have lower rates?
10. Is there assistance to help with this increase?
11. How much will monthly rates increase for the average customer?