The rates are as follows for a residential customer with a 5/8" meter:
|Water Availability Rate (base rate)||$29.50 per month|
|1st Tier (3,001 - 10,000 gallons)||$2.75 per 1,000 gallons|
|2nd Tier (10,001 - 17,000 gallons)||$4.60 per 1,000 gallons|
|3rd Tier (17,001 - 24,000 gallons)||$6.10 per 1,000 gallons|
|4th Tier (24,001 gallons and above)||$7.10 per 1,000 gallons|
Metro Main and Metro Hub have the same rate structure. The average monthly usage for residential customers based on a 12 month period is 8,000 gallons. The cost for 8,000 gallons is $47.25.
The AWWA factor of meter sizes is used for larger meters. In other words, if a customer has a 2" meter, when the second or third tier starts will be different because of the larger volume of flow through the meter.
The Board of Directors approved the current rate structure in May 2016. The objective was to balance revenue for fixed and variable costs by restructuring the rate schedule with minimal impact to the average customer. Fixed costs can be defined as those expenses that are incurred regardless of the amount of water used. Variable costs are those more closely tied to the amount of water pumped and delivered.
With the decline in water usage appearing to continue into the future, the District sought how best to stabilize its revenue. For the last couple of years, the Board of Directors has supported the concept of having the Water Availability Rate (base rate) capture more of the District's fixed costs, which has helped increase financial stability. The larger the percentage of fixed costs that are covered by the Water Availability Rate, the more revenue stability is achieved for the District and its customers.
Prior to the 2015 rate adjustment, the Water Availability Rate covered 69% of the District's fixed costs. The 2015 rate structure raised the District's revenue stability to 83%. The 2016 adjustment included the first 3,000 gallons within the Water Availability Rate and brought the District to 90% revenue stability.
Metro Southwest has three service areas, which were acquired at the end of 2009. Each of those service areas has its own rate schedule.
The District has service charges and fees. The basic ones include customer deposits, connection fees, re-reads, reconnections, etc. The District also has a fee for illegal or unauthorized use of water. This involves a contractor taking water from a hydrant without permission and is associated with a $100 credit given to a customer who reports that such an event has happened. The District also has a bulk water rate for contractors and others that need to use water for construction and other purposes.
Customer deposits vary. Deposit amounts may be increased for each category at the discretion of staff based on poor payment history of owner or previous tenant.
|5/8 inch meter||Owner $50.00 deposit / Renter $100.00 deposit|
|3/4 inch meter||Owner $80.00 deposit / Renter $130.00 deposit|
|1 inch meter||Owner $150.00 deposit / Renter $200.00 deposit|
|1 1/2 inch meter||$250.00 deposit|
|2 inch meter||$350.00 deposit|
|3 inch meter||$500.00 deposit|
|4 inch meter||$1,500.00 deposit|
|6 inch meter||$2,500.00 deposit|
|Hydrant meter||$1,500.00 deposit|
|Shut-off for non-payment||$30.00 deposit|
Initial Connection Fee - $15.00
Regular Re-connection - $40.00
After Hours Re-connection - $75.00
Returned Payment - up to $40.00
Meter Re-read - $20.00
Residential Dual Meter Fee - 1/3 of Water Availability Rate
Meter Testing - 5/8" to 1.5" $150; 2" and greater $325
Delinquent Accounts - 2% or $5.00, whichever is greater
Illegal or Unauthorized Use of Water - $500 for 1st offense, $1,000 for 2nd offense, $1,500 for 3rd and successive offenses (plus cost of water used).
|Meter Size||AWWA Factor||RTA Fee|
|Base Rate||Base rate determined by meter size
In October 2012, the Board established a Water Resource Utilization Fee at 10 cents per 1,000 gallons, which became effective March 1, 2013 and applies to all Metro service areas. In October 2013, the Board raised this fee to 20 cents per 1,000 gallons. In September 2014, the Board raised the fee to 40 cents per 1,000 gallons. In May 2016, the Board raised the fee to 50 cents per 1,000 gallons. This fee provides funds to develop, design, and construct projects that will put to use the District's CAP water and effluent. Specifically, the Water Resources Utilization Fee helps fund the land acquisition and design activities for the CAP Recharge, Recovery and Delivery System, the CMID Recycled Water Project, and the 2016 wheeling agreement to deliver CAP water to Metro Southwest. By using this Fee, the District avoids adding additional debt and reduces the financial impact of these initiatives.