2020 Proposed Rate Increase

The Whitworth Water District Board of Commissioners are considering an increase to 2020 water rates at their annual Budget, Rate, and Conservation Strategy Hearing on December 19th.   Due to effective budgeting, and no unforeseen emergency expenses in 2019, the District is able to keep the proposed rate increase to the previously anticipated five percent (5%). 

The Board will also be considering the adoption of a revised conservation tiered rate structure.  The District’s existing and proposed tiered rates are based on a volumetric usage scale meaning that as usage increases, so too does the rate.  An attempt was made to minimize the impacts to the majority of the District’s customers while encouraging those extremely high water users to conserve.  The better the District is at curbing excessive summertime peak water usage, the better positioned the District will be at delaying and defraying some of the large capital projects costs necessary to keep up with such high demands.

The 2020 proposed rate increase and the revised conservation tiered rate structure are below. 

Current Rates – 2019
Monthly Water Service Charge $21.00
Commercial Additional Unit Charge$11.55
Allowance: 0 – 1,000 cubic feet Included
Tier 1: 1,001 – 3,700 cubic feet $0.0038
Tier 2: 3,701 – 14,000 cubic feet $0.0050
Tier 3: > 14,000 cubic feet $0.0061
Proposed 2020 Rates
Residential
Monthly Water Service Charge $22.05
Allowance: 0 – 1,000 cubic feet Included
Tier 1: 1,001 – 3,700 cubic feet $0.0040
Tier 2: 3,701 – 10,000 cubic feet $0.0055
Tier 3: > 10,001 – 15,000 cubic feet $0.0070
Tier 4: > 15,000 cubic feet $0.0100
Proposed 2020 Rates
Commercial
Monthly Water Service Charge $22.05
Commercial Additional Unit Charge $14.33
Allowance: 0 – 1,000 cubic feet Included
Tier 1: 1,001 – 3,700 cubic feet $0.0040
Tier 2: 3,701 – 10,000 cubic feet $0.0055
Tier 3: > 10,001 cubic feet $0.0070

The Monthly Water Service Charge will be charged for each single-family and commercial unit connected to a District water meter. A single-family unit is defined by the District as any individual house or mobile home and each unit of a condominium, duplex, triplex or fourplex. The Monthly Water Service Charge includes the usage of up to one-thousand cubic-feet (approximately 7,500 gallons) of water. Units using over one-thousand cubic-feet of water will incur an additional volume charge per cubic-foot (approximately 7.5 gallons) as listed in the table above.

Motels, hotels, boarding houses, apartment units, and office buildings will pay a $22.05 Monthly Water Service Charge plus $12.13 per month for each unit available for rental whether it is rented or not. The one-thousand cubic-foot (approximately 7,500 gallons) Monthly Water Service Charge allowance will not apply to this category but will rather be charged per cubic-foot (approximately 7.5 gallons) starting at tier one rates.

RV Parks and others not mentioned above who provide transient accommodations will pay a $22.05 Monthly Water Service Charge per building unit plus the metered rate on the combined building(s) and transient space water usage. The one-thousand cubic-foot (approximately 7,500 gallons) Monthly Water Service Charge allowance will not apply to this category but will rather be charged per cubic-foot (approximately 7.5 gallons) starting at tier one rates.

Retirement homes, nursing homes and homes for the aged will pay a $22.05 Monthly Water Service Charge, $6.07 for each unit whether occupied or not, plus the metered rate. The one-thousand cubic-foot (approximately 7,500 gallons) Monthly Water Service Charge allowance will not apply to this category but will rather be charged per cubic-foot (approximately 7.5 gallons) starting at tier one rates.

Every other water user type not specifically mentioned above will pay the metered rate defined in the 2020 Rate Schedule Table.

*Note that some older District meters only read to the 100 cubic-foot and will be charged based on each 100 cubic-foot utilized.

Road Construction – Mill Road

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

WHITWORTH WATER DISTRICT #2 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Electronic Data Processing Software

Whitworth Water District #2 (District), pursuant to and in compliance with RCW 39.04.270, is requesting proposals for either a hosted or in-house server based utility and financial data processing software solution from companies specializing in local government and utility sectors.

Instructions to submitters will be available starting May 1st, free of charge and may be picked up at Whitworth Water District, located at 17401 N. Newport Rd. Mead, WA 99021 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Instructions for submitters are available by clicking here.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

To receive consideration, responses must be submitted in accordance with the following instructions:

1.All response submittals shall be sealed and delivered to:

Whitworth Water District #2
Attention – Tim Murrell, General Manager
17401 N. Newport Rd.
Mead, WA 99021

2.Submit four (4) copies of the response by 2:00 p.m. (PST) May 31, 2019; and

3.The envelope must be clearly marked “Electronic Data Processing Software”; and

4.Modifications to submissions may be submitted prior to the date and time specified for receipt of submissions; and

The District reserves the right to reject any responses for good cause, and can utilize its sole discretion to accept the submittal it considers most advantageous to the District’s interests. The District also has the right to waive minor irregularities in procedures.

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Questions and Answers to RFP

Employment Opportunity

Salary: $48,152 – $54,537 Dependent on Qualifications and Experience

Organization Overview: The Whitworth Water District is a State of Washington Title 57 water district that provides potable water service to domestic and commercial customers in the North Spokane area. Headquartered in Spokane County, the District’s service area extends from the City of Spokane north to the community of Chattaroy. Whitworth Water District has 9,600 active service connections that provide water service to approximately 30,000 customers in a roughly 60 square-mile area. The District operates 300 miles of pipe delivering water from 16 wells, 13 reservoirs, 15 booster stations, and 6 pressures zones. The District is operated by 16 employees and is led by the General Manager and a five-member Board of Commissioners.

Position Summary:

Whitworth Water District is seeking to fill the position of Water Maintenance II. The Water Maintenance II position will perform duties assigned and possess the ability to develop skills in the tapping of water service lines, installation of water meters, maintenance of water distribution system, meter reading, service, and repair, and construction of a water distribution system.  The work is heavy in nature, performed under adverse weather conditions and requires normal mental and visual strain.  Establish and maintain excellent public relations with customers and resolve customer problems in a positive manner. Employee is subject to respond to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergency water problems as well as to complete essential work at the end of a normal eight hour shift. Employee is also subject to rotational one week periods of after hour call outs.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Good physical condition and health
  • See well enough to read fine print and detect color in order to do detailed work like wiring ARB meter hookups.
  • Hear and speak well enough to converse on the phone and radio
  • Body movement to walk, stoop and crawl in attics and under houses
  • Able to climb water tanks up to 125 feet high.
  • Manual dexterity to write legibly and perform detailed field tasks.
  • Strength to lift, carry, drag and operate equipment, like a jack hammer, weighing up to 90 pounds.
  • Stamina to work for up to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, and during emergency operations as deemed necessary.
  • Tolerance to work under adverse conditions like in dust and pollen, outdoors in heat and cold, and in confined, awkward spaces.

How to Apply:

Please go to www.whitworthwater.com/employment-opportunities/ to view the entire job description including qualification requirements and to download application materials. The following constitutes a complete application package in the following order:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Completion of the District’s Application for Employment

Complete application packages must be emailed to Tom McInerney at tomm@whitworthwater.com, or mailed to: Whitworth Water District – Attention Human Resources, 17401 N Newport Rd. Mead, WA 99021.

All Applicants Must Have Submitted all Documents by Wednesday April 3, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Position Open Until Filled.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION

Call for Bids – Landscape Maintenance Services

NOTICE

CALL FOR BIDS
Landscape Maintenance Services


Whitworth Water District (District) is seeking a qualified landscape maintenance provider to provide for landscape maintenance services for planting areas and turf areas, all located within District boundaries. Items of work include, but not limited to: lawn mowing, field cutting, lawn fertilization, lawn weed control, shrub bed weed control, dormant spray, tree and shrub insect control and bare ground weed treatment at 35 district properties in northern Spokane County. The properties included are the District Office, District Maintenance Shop and various pump stations, well houses and water reservoir sites.

Bid documents, including bid forms will be available starting March 15th, free of charge and may be picked up at Whitworth Water District, located at 17401 N Newport Rd. Mead, WA 99021 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bid documents are also available at <<Call for Bids Documents>>

SUBMISSION OF BIDS

To receive consideration, responses must be submitted in accordance with the following
instructions:

  1. All Bids shall be sealed and delivered to:
    Whitworth Water District
    17401 N. Newport Rd.
    Mead, WA 99021
  2. The envelope must be clearly marked “LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE SERVICES BID”; and
  3. Modifications to submissions may be submitted prior to the date and time specified for
    receipt of submissions.

<<Call for Bids Documents>>

Click below for information on Addenda 1

Landscape Maintenance Services – Call for Bids – Addenda 1

Click below for information on Addenda 2

Job Opportunity: Operations Supervisor

17401 N. Newport Road Mead, WA 99021 (509) 466-0550 www.whitworthwater.com

Salary: $70,000 – $95,000 Dependent on Qualifications and Experience

Organization Overview: The Whitworth Water District is a State of Washington Title 57 water district that provides potable water service to domestic and commercial customers in the North Spokane area. Headquartered in Spokane County, the District’s service area extends from the City of Spokane north to the community of Chattaroy. Whitworth Water District has 9,600 active service connections that provide water service to approximately 30,000 customers in a roughly 60 square-mile area. The District operates 300 miles of pipe delivering water from 16 wells, 13 reservoirs, 15 booster stations, and 6 pressures zones. The District is operated by 16 employees and is led by the General Manager and a five-member Board of Commissioners.

Position Summary:

Whitworth Water District is seeking to fill the position of Operations Supervisor. The Operations Supervisor will perform supervisory work directing the Operations Department’s crew in municipal water system maintenance and repair, construction of taps, meter installation, and troubleshooting. Duties are heavy in nature and often performed under adverse weather conditions; requiring maximum attention to detail in order to prevent errors and injury. The candidate must demonstrate considerable knowledge in the field of water utility management including the functions and maintenance of equipment. The selected candidate will have extensive contact with other District employees and the general public and serve in a leadership role to the Operations Department’s field employees. Employee is required to be on call during non-working hours and may be called upon at any time in the case of an emergency. Duties are varied and require independent decision-making skills and experience in developing policies and procedures to ensure a safe work environment, as well as comply with the various State and Federal regulatory laws and requirements of public water systems. The selected candidate will report to the District Superintendent and ultimately the District’s General Manager.
Qualification Requirements

Qualification Requirements:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in water maintenance and operation procedures, laws, and regulatory requirements in the State Washington Job Opportunity: Operations Supervisor – Continued
  • Washington State Water Distribution Manager II Certification, or equivalent out of state certificate (within two years of hire)
  • Cross Connection Specialist Certification (within one year of hire)
  • A current and valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and satisfactory driving record to operate District vehicles.
  • Five years demonstrated experience in employee supervision
  • Proven project management and successful implementation
  • Broad experience in heavy equipment operating, maintenance and repair
  • Knowledge of various waterworks construction methods, materials, and equipment
  • Ability to troubleshoot various mechanical issues, as it relates to waterworks and equipment
  • Possess computer competency skills including working in a digital environment
  • Strong communications skills and history in adequately handling complex situations
  • Ability to provide training in a variety of subjects including safety in the field and workplace
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply policies, rules, regulations and procedures of the District to a variety of work-related situations

How to Apply:

Please go to www.whitworthwater.com/employment-opportunities/ to view the entire job description including qualification requirements and to download application materials. The following constitutes a complete application package in the following order:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Resume
  3. Completion of the District’s Application for Employment

Complete application packages must be emailed to Tom McInerney at tomm@whitworthwater.com, or mailed to: Whitworth Water District – Attention Human Resources, 17401 N Newport Rd. Mead, WA 99021.

First Internal Review of Applicants Scheduled for Wednesday March 13, 2019. Position Open Until Filled.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION

Call for Bids – Landscape Maintenance Services

NOTICE

CALL FOR BIDS
Landscape Maintenance Services

Whitworth Water District (District) is seeking a qualified landscape maintenance provider to provide for landscape maintenance services for planting areas and turf areas, all located within District boundaries. Items of work include, but not limited to: lawn mowing, field cutting, lawn fertilization, lawn weed control, shrub bed weed control, dormant spray, tree and shrub insect control and bare ground weed treatment at 35 district properties in northern Spokane County. The properties included are the District Office, District Maintenance Shop and various pump stations, well houses and water reservoir sites.

Bid documents, including bid forms will be available starting March 15th, free of charge and may be picked up at Whitworth Water District, located at 17401 N Newport Rd. Mead, WA 99021 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bid documents are also available at Call for Bids Document>>

SUBMISSION OF BIDS

To receive consideration, responses must be submitted in accordance with the following instructions:

  1. All Bids shall be sealed and delivered to: :
    Whitworth Water District
    17401 N. Newport Rd.
    Mead, WA 99021
  2. The envelope must be clearly marked “LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE SERVICES BID”; and
  3. Modifications to submissions may be submitted prior to the date and time specified for receipt of submissions.

Call for Bids Document>>

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2019 Residential District Water Rates

Effective January 1, 2019, there will be a five-percent (5%) increase in the District’s water rates. The residential rates are listed below and will be reflected in the February billing statements for January water usage. For specific information for all other rate categories please visit our rate schedule

2019 Rate Schedule  
Monthly Water Service Charge  $     21.00
Includes 1,000 cubic-feet per month (7,500 gallons)  
   
Volume Charge (per Cubic Foot Used): *  
0 – 1,000 cubic feet (7,500 gallons)   Included
1,000 – 3,700 cubic feet (7,500 – 27,680 gallons)  $       0.0038
3,700 – 14,000 cubic feet (27,680 – 104,720 gallons)  $       0.0050
14,000 cubic feet (104,720 gallons) and above  $       0.0061
Monthly Booster Charge

Applies only to boosted accounts

 

$       1.05

*Some older District meters only read to the 100 cubic foot and will be charged based on each 100 cubic foot utilized. The District has a new meter replacement program that will eventually replace all 100 cubic foot meters to single cubic foot ones. 

Increases to rates are necessary to address aging infrastructure, ensure reliability throughout the system, and minimize interruptions in service. The District is also required to offset increases passed on to us for power, materials, and services.

A monthly water service charge increase has not occurred since 1999, while tiered usage rates have not increased since 2014. Pending remaining rate studies to be completed in early 2019, rate increases are expected to be enacted gradually over the next five years.

Whitworth Water District’s New Superintendent

Whitworth Water District is excited to announce that they have selected Matt Wright as the new District Superintendent. Matt started in his new position with the District on September 4, 2018. Matt will be training with the District’s current Superintendent, Doug Babin, who will be retiring. Doug has been employed with the District since 1978.

Matt Wright came to Whitworth Water from AHBL Inc. where he worked as a Professional Engineer. Matt has been employed in the engineering field since 2006. He attended the University of Washington where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Matt is an accredited registered Professional Engineer with the State of Washington. He currently belongs to the American Water Works Association.

Tim Murrell, District Manager, stated that “we are lucky to have Matt and he will make a great fit to our team. His wide array of experience in project management and water supply planning, together with his team approach to management, will provide a wonderful addition to the District.”

Matt stated that “joining the Whitworth Water team is a dream come true and I look forward to working with the District’s great customers and staff!”