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Quarterly Fee

 How much is your water worth?

As of July 1, 2017, you pay $112 per year or $28 per quarter to have water available to you 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.  That means that there is always somebody working at the Water District, every day no matter what. If you do the math, your price of having available drinking water is 30.7 cents per day or just over a penny per hour. Consider also what you pay for bottled water; $0.99/gallon at least, thatís $990.00/1000 gallons. Even at our highest rate you will only be paying $6.00/1000 gallons and thatís delivered. What do you pay for other utility services delivered to your house?

This is a small price to pay when you consider all that it takes to get the water to your home or business. For example the District operates and maintains 3 wells and 3 booster pumps all with electric motors. The District pays for the electricity to run these motors. The total motor horsepower involved is approximately 250. This compares to the electricity to run about 500 full size refrigerators. The electricity for a year costs the district $74,000. This is about $203 per day for the electricity alone to run the District. This does not include the personnel, maintenance, chemicals, water testing, training, vehicles, tools, engineering, telephone, or heat required to operate these pump stations and keep them pumping water to you.

The District is not in business to make a profit - we are here to provide you with continuously monitored drinking water. Any excess money is put into a capital fund for improvements to the District. And we have many improvements that are needed. For instance, about 70% of the District's infrastructure is over 50 years old and beyond its projected lifespan. We are very fortunate that it has lasted this long without any major failures. It has even survived a major sewer project, thanks to our dedicated, knowledgeable and hard working staff. We are always looking forward to the future needs of the District and need your support. Please have faith in us and thank you for the continued support. Your $28 Quarterly fee is NOT for NOTHING.

 

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