Water bills mailed on or after July 1, 2019 will reflect increases to the service charge to higher water system operating costs, including pipeline and infrastructure replacement. The service charge helps pay the District’s fixed costs, which exist regardless of the amount of water pumped and delivered. Fixed costs continue without regard to the amount of water that a customer uses, and are sometimes called “readiness-to-serve” charges because they are incurred as part of keeping the water system ready to deliver water to any customer at a moment’s notice. As shown on the graphic below, the largest component of the service charge recovers the cost of replacing the District’s aging water system infrastructure.
A typical residential customer’s bill (3/4” meter and 24 units/bi-monthly billing) will increase by just over 2%; the service charge portion of the bill is increasing by 5.5 percent while the water usage charge and emergency storage fee are remaining the same. Below are links to two documents; one showing the financial impact of the service charge increase on a typical residential customer and the other showing full rate and fee schedule effective July 1, 2019.July 1, 2019 Service Charge Increase - Typical Customer ImpactWater Rate and Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2019