100 years ago, City founders set Riverside up for success by establishing publicly owned electric and water services. As a result, Riverside enjoys the one of the lowest water rates in California, and nearly the very lowest electric rates in the state. Residents and businesses have benefited for decades thanks to the foresight of those who came before us in Riverside. We must continue this legacy, benefiting our children and grandchildren, by keeping the electric and water systems in good shape and building new facilities to serve our growing city.
Every five years the City of Riverside Public Utilities Department analyzes and evaluates current and future water and electric systems, processes, projects, and mandates along with all associated costs. Based on historic practices of keeping rates low, it is then decided if an increase is warranted.
On September 19, 2023, the Riverside City Council approved five-year rate plans for Riverside Public Utilities electric rates, water rates, and the City of Riverside’s Solid Waste service rate structure.