Rates

How Will Rate Changes Impact Me and My Family?

The Effective Billing Rate for a Residence Will Be as Follows:

Billing Date Base Rate for the billing month Base Rate for period of (looking forward) Total Base Rate Usage Rate per 1000 gallons Usage Rate for period of (looking back) Usage Billing Cycle**
1-May-17 $6.25/month May 1 – June 30 $12.50 $5.75/1000 Feb 1 to March 31 60 Days
1-Jun-17* No Base Rate Charged N/A N/A $5.75/1000 April 1 to May 25 55 Days
1-Jul-17 $29.60/month July 1 – July 30 $29.60 $5.75/1000 May 26-June 22 28 Days
1-Aug-17 $29.60/month August 1 – 31 $29.60 $5.75/1000 June 23 to July 20 28 Days
1-Sep-17 $29.60/month Sept 1- 30 $29.60 $5.75/1000 July 21 to Aug 24 34 Days

* This billing is a courtesy to customers so that the payment for your usage rate is closer to the actual monthly billing cycle. This will help customers transition to the monthly billing cycle by evening out the payments. **Exact dates for your individual meter reading may vary by 2-3 days in this cycle.

Why are we going to monthly billings?

A two-month cycle means that we are billing for up to 90 days past the time when water is actually used. A new billing cycle will keep shorter accounts so that people do not get behind in their water payments. It will be easier on families to manage a smaller bill on a monthly basis than a larger one every other month.

Rate Schedule as of July 1, 2017

Meter Size Monthly Base Rate* Usage Rate
3/4″ (most homes) $29.60 $5.75 per 1000 gallons
1″ $49.00 $5.75 per 1000 gallons
1 1/2″ $72.20 $5.75 per 1000 gallons
2″ $113.60 $5.75 per 1000 gallons
4″ $195.80 $5.75 per 1000 gallons

*Only the base rate is changing. The usage rate will stay the same for all customers.

All rates are subject to change. Standby fire protection is charged at $8.50 per inch of service connection per month.

Why did water rates increase in 2017?

The decision to raise water rates has not been an easy one. We’ve looked at all of our options, but our pipes are aging and need to be replaced. There is simply no way around it. Improvements will require a significant investment now in order to avoid an even costlier replacement later.

We want to reduce the impact on our customers as much as possible over the long term. To spread costs out over time, we’ve implemented an immediate stair-step rate increase with moderate annual increases thereafter. This will give us the funds to immediately work on some major high-priority projects and ultimately make water more affordable in the long run.

How will water rates change over time?

Water Rate Schedule FY 2016-17 FY 2017-18 FY 2018-19 FY 2019-20 FY 2020-21 FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23 FY 2023-24 FY 2024-25 FY 2026-27
% Incr. from Prev. Yr. 0.00% 373.33% 19.77% 18.00% 16.62% 15.54% 14.66% 13.93% 13.33% 12.82%
Monthly Base Rate
3/4″ Meter $6.25 $29.58 $35.43 $41.81 $48.76 $56.34 $64.59 $73.59 $83.41 $94.10
1″ Meter $10.35 $48.99 $58.68 $69.24 $80.75 $93.29 $106.97 $121.87 $138.12 $155.83
1 1/2″ Meter $15.25 $72.18 $86.46 $102.02 $118.97 $137.46 $157.61 $179.57 $203.51 $229.60
2″ Meter $24.00 $113.60 $136.06 $160.55 $187.24 $216.33 $248.04 $282.60 $320.28 $361.34
4″ Meter $41.35 $195.72 $234.43 $276.61 $322.60 $372.72 $427.35 $486.90 $551.81 $622.56
Usage Rate
 Per 1,000 gal $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75 $5.75
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