On Tuesday April 6, 2021 the BWA Board adopted Resolution 2021-01, which includes various revisions to the Authority's water and wastewater rates, including an increase in wastewater rates of 6.5% as recommended in the recently completed Water & Wastewater Rate Study. The increase in wastewater rates was necessary to provide adequate funding for the Authority's future wastewater operations and to ensure that future wastewater collection system upgrades are adequately funded. Although the impact of the wastewater rate increase will vary depending on the customer, the typical homeowner will see an increase of about $2 or $3 on their monthly bill.
There was no increase in water rates included in the Resolution. New rates become effective May 1, 2021.
Resolution 2021-01 supersedes Resolution 2016-06 which previously established water and wastewater rates. In addition to increasing wastewater rates, Resolution 2021-01 updates or clarifies customer-class descriptions and eliminates various fees or charges that are either no longer applicable or otherwise addressed in the Authority's Schedule of Fees adopted in 2019.
Later this year, the BWA Board may also consider adopting other changes to water and wastewater rates which were recommended in the Water & Wastewater Rate Study. Considerations may include:
- Changes to billing tiers to improve cost allocation among customer classes
- Changing billing units from a per cubic foot of water used basis to a per thousand-gallons of water used basis
- Utilization of a winter-quarter-average methodology of wastewater billing to stabilize customers' monthly wastewater charges