(EFFECTIVE FIRST BILLING CYCLE OF 2019)
A monthly Water Service Charge of $21.00 will be charged to all accounts. Rates for quantities used in excess of the included amount are charged as follows:
2019 Rate Schedule Table
|Monthly Service Charge||$ 21.00|
|Includes 1,000 cubic-feet per month (7,500 gallons) for single family units. Others defined below.|
|Volume Charge per Cubic Foot Used (7.5 gallons): *|
|0 – 1,000 cubic feet (7,500 gallons)||Included|
|1,000 – 3,700 cubic feet (7,500 – up to 27,680 gallons)||$ 0.0038|
|3,700 – 14,000 cubic feet (27,680 – up to 104,720 gallons)||$ 0.0050|
|14,000 cubic feet (104,720 gallons) and above||$ 0.0061|
|Monthly Booster Charge
Applies only to boosted accounts
*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.
The minimum monthly rate will be charged for each single-family unit. 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. For this minimum service charge, approximately 7,500 gallons of water will be provided for each unit. Units using over 7,500 gallons will incur an additional volume charge per 750 gallons used per the table listed above.
Motels, hotels, boarding houses, apartment units and office buildings will pay a $21.00 monthly service charge, the volume charges, plus $11.55 per month for each unit available for rental whether it is rented or not. The 7,500 gallons monthly service allowance will not apply to this category.
RV Parks and others not mentioned above who provide transient accommodations will pay a $21.00 minimum rate plus the metered rate on the combined transient spaces only. The 7,500 gallons usage reduction will not apply to this category. All other spaces will be billed based on the family unit rate structure.
Retirement homes, nursing homes and homes for the aged will pay a $21.00 minimum rate, $5.78 for each unit whether occupied or not, plus the metered rate. The 7,500 gallons usage reduction will not apply to this category.
Every other water user not specifically mentioned will pay the metered rate defined in the 2019 Rate Schedule Table.
Water charges will be billed monthly and are delinquent 45 days after the billing date. A 10% penalty charge will be assessed on all accounts 60 days after the billing date.
Forty days after the billing date, the person responsible for an unpaid bill will be notified in writing of the delinquency, and should that account not be paid in full within the next 20 days after being sent the delinquency notice, a lien may be filed against the property (RCW 57.08.081).
After connection service fees or various water charges have been delinquent for 60 days, water to the property may be completely shut off and will remain off until said account’s accrued charges, penalties and interest are paid in full. The District may also bring a suit for foreclosure at this time.
An Assessment is a property’s prorated share of the project costs borne to bring water improvements to a previously unserved area within the District. Assessment fees, where they exist, are charged in addition to the GFC required for new service. To determine if a specific property is located within an Assessment Area, please contract the Operations Department at (509) 466-7511.
Labor & Equipment Rates
Interest on all rates, charges and penalties certified as delinquent is 8% per year or the highest amount permitted by law, whichever is greater.
Other charges deemed reasonable by the Board will be applied for services including, but not limited to, shutting off or turn on of service, returned checks, the setup of new accounts, filing of liens, freeze ups, RF installation, hydrant permits and door hanger shut off notices.
A charge of $150.00 plus the cost of repairing the main valve or meter will be assessed for an illegal turn-on where the water to the property has been turned off by the District.
Whenever a request is made that the District change the name and/or address of an account, the District shall charge and collect an amount of $10.00 for such change. Said change shall be added to the first water bill sent to that account after the change is made.
All labor, material and miscellaneous charges borne by Whitworth Water District will likewise be passed on to the customer receiving the service.
After hours call outs will be billed out at a two hour minimum ($120.00) regardless of the amount of time spent at the residence.
Any form of consumption or excise tax charged as a cost to the District shall be passed on to each customer by adding such tax to each customer’s statement or as charges in such a manner as the District deems reasonable.
STREET LIGHT CHARGES
The District operates street light systems in accordance with RCW 57.08.060 and each owner of a lot located in a development where Whitworth Water District operates a system will be billed for the lot’s proportional share of the costs of operating the system.
PRIVATE FIRE PROTECTION
For metered and unmetered connections to the District mains to supply water to hydrants, standpipes or automatic sprinklers for private fire protection, customers will be charged according to the size of the connection. Charges are billed June 1st and are delinquent July 10th of each year.
The annual rates are:
GENERAL FACILITIES CHARGE
A General Facilities Charge is a one-time charge imposed as a condition of service on new connections to the water system. the charge represents a proportional share of the capital investment made to provide system capacity. These charges do no include costs associated with the physical connection to the system including meters, materials, labor and other miscellaneous charges. Estimates for these costs and other services are available upon request at the District Office.
These fees are:
3/4-inch meter size – $1,840
1-inch meter size – $3,066
2-inch meter size – $9,811
For connections larger than a 2-inch meter size, a site-specific determination will be used to establish the GFC based on the total equivalent residential units. Charge per Equivalent Residential Unit = $3,066
Any meter upsize requested after initial meter installation requires payment of the difference between the previous General Facilities Charge payed and the General Facilities Charge for the requested meter size at the time of upsize. No discount will be given to the cost of the new meter, nor refund issued for the old meter. All associated District installation costs and fees are applicable at time of connection.
An Assessment is a property’s prorated share of the project costs borne to bring water improvements to a previously unserved area within the District. Assessment fees, where they exist, are charged in addition to the General Facilities Charge required for new service. To determine if a specific property is located within an Assessment Area, please contract the Operations Department at (509) 466-7511.