Residential Basic Charges
|Recycling fee:||$ 4.00 per quarter|
|Service charge:||$ 8.84 per quarter|
|Sewer lateral repair:||$ 0.50 per quarter|
Base Water & Sewer Rates
The base water rate is $3.06 per 1000 gallons. This charge is based on the consumption of water as measured by readings of the water meter serving the property.
The base sewer rate is $5.78 per 1000 gallons. This charge is based on water consumed.
Peak Water Rate
The peak water rate is $5.23 per 1000 gallons (effective 7/1/18).
All water consumed during the peak use periods in excess of (i) 3,000 gallons above the consumption of the preceding winter quarter billing period, or of (ii) one and one-tenth times the consumption of the preceding winter quarter billing periods, whichever is greater, shall be charged the peak amount. This peak charge shall be applied in addition to the base water charge.
Winter quarter billing period consumption is defined as any consumption for quarterly billing periods reflected in bills issued during the months of February through April.
Peak use period consumption is defined as any consumption for quarterly billing periods reflected in billed issued during the months of June through November.
Second tier peak rate will be charged for peak use period consumption greater than one and three-tenths times the winter quarter billing period consumption. this rate will be applied to customers with subtracting meter systems where the subtracting meter is used to reduce water consumption for sewer billing. This second tier peak water rate charge shall be applied in addition to the base water charge and the first tier peak use period charges described above.
Utility Usage Rate Study
As part of the Utility Master Plan, a usage rate study was undertaken by staff and consultants from Municipal & Financial Services Group (MFSG) and Davenport & Company. This study analyzed, among other things, expected growth from the Silver Line Metro and other developments, current and future capital improvements, and financial performance. Based on that study, a new rate structure was proposed, and new policies were adopted. These policies include analyzing usage rates annually, on a rolling five-year period. Annual rate increases between 3 percent and 5 percent are expected for the current rolling five-year period. The presentation made to Town Council in November 2017 about the usage rate study can be found here.