The Board of Directors of the South Adams County Water and Sanitation District held a Public Hearing on November 13, 2013 to consider a water and wastewater rate increase for 2014.
The additional revenue is necessary to cover the costs of providing a reliable source of water, including treatment and other operational expenses that continue to increase every year, meet contract commitments the District has with Denver Water and Metro Wastewater, and achieve continuing wastewater discharge permit compliance.
Additionally, water and wastewater infrastructure in many areas of the District is over 50 years old, and a portion of the additional revenue is needed to continue to repair and replace some of this aging infrastructure. The increase in water connection fees only applies to new development that occurs in the District.
Upon closing the Public Hearing, the Board of Directors unanimously approved a water and wastewater rate increase for 2014. The typical residential customer uses an average of 10,000 gallons of water per month (less in the winter and more during the irrigation season), and uses an average of 5,000 gallons of wastewater per month. The increase would increase the typical residential customer by about $8 per month or less. A commercial account that utilizes an average of 20,000 gallons of water per month will see an increase of about $19 per month.
The Board of Directors also increased water connections fees which only applies to new development that occurs in the District. As new developments pay connection fees at the time they connect onto the District's system, that revenue is then utilized to finance infrastructure necessary to serve their development.