You might notice something different about your monthly Granger-Hunter Improvement District bill this month.
Beginning on bills dated Jan. 1, 2018, rates are now based on tier levels, the price per 1,000 gallons increasing as usage climbs to a higher tier. Combined with the standard fees, such as the $5 paid monthly toward needed upgrades to the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility, it could change things up.
Conserving water, for instance, pays off more under the tier system. The first 7,000 gallons used every month is billed at $1.61 for every 1,000 gallons; the second tier, from 7,001 to 15,000 gallons, rises to $1.73 per 1,000 gallons, and Tier 3, 15,001 and higher, is $1.86. There is also a $13 availability charge for three-quarter- and one-inch meters, with the price rising for larger sizes.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American household uses around 21,292 gallons of water per month. Under the tier system, that breaks down to 7,000 gallons at $11.27, 8,000 gallons at $14 and an additional 6,292 at $11.70, or $36.70 before added fees. Under the new system, multi-unit structures such as apartments and condos would pay a flat rate of $1.73 per 1,000 gallons used.
Other monthly charges include the $5 CVWRF assessment, the $13 meter fee and a wastewater fee of $19.50 for residential and commercial customers and $16.79 for multi-unit residential. This would bring the total bill to the average American household to $74.20 a month for residential and $71.63 for multi-unit residences.
Several factors played into adopting the new system, including a rate increase of nearly five percent last year in the cost of purchasing water from Jordan Valley Water and anticipation of an equal increase in the coming year. Click here for more information on the 2018 budget, including an update on the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility.
The Granger-Hunter Improvement District is fiscally sound, which allows us to meet ongoing obligations and provide for capital projects. While there are significant capital items ahead at the district and CVWRF, the long-term outlook is positive. As we said in our budget summary, we continue to exercise care in our stewardship over GHID resources and customer trust, and we vigorously search for ways to control budgets while meeting customer needs.
Don’t hesitate to bring any questions you might have on the tier rate or other district-related concerns to our attention. Our new office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. And thank you for your continuing support in our common mission: meeting your water needs.