City Increases Waste Water Rates for Big Customers
Later this spring, city waste water rates will increase by 8 percent for the average customer, but large customers should be prepared to pay even more.
Customers with four-inch, or larger, water meters can expect to see their rates increase by a total of 33 percent, or roughly $100 more per month.
The increase is the result of the city adding an additional category for their waste water base charge, which should ensure the proportions for how customers use the sewer system remains fair, according to City Utilities Director Mike Cole.
Currently, large customers with water meters 3-inches or larger are charged a base rate of $105 plus a usage charge of $2.88 per 1000 gallons of waste water each month.
The current base rates place large residential homes in the same ballpark as large, multi-level hotels, despite the massive difference in the gallons of waste water used in each.
“If you got a 6-inch meter and you own a giant hotel, you’re paying the same base rate that someone who might have a larger house is paying,” Cole said.
The new rates propose an increased base rate of $204.37 for 4-inch water meters and up, while keeping the same $2.88 per 1000 gallons charge in place.
The 27 customers who do have 4-inch or larger water meters see a typical monthly waste water bill of $297.04, which will be increased to $396.41 with the new rates, according to Cole.
While large customers will certainly have to deal with the brunt of the rate increases, average city customers with smaller water meters will still likely see a slight hike each month with the 8 percent increase.
As it stands, the base charges are $105 for a 3-inch meter, $55.97 for a 2-inch meter, $39.90 for a 1.5-inch meter, and $10.50 for a 1-inch meter.
After May 1, the new base charges for water meters will be $122.60 for a 3-inch, $65.35 for a 2-inch, $46.59 for a 1.5-inch, and $12.26 for a 1-inch. The usage charge will remain unchanged at $2.88 per 1000 gallons of waste water.
The new rates are anticipated to bring in an additional $418,683.57 in revenue to the City.