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2015 Proposed Water Charges
The Board of Water Commissioners conducted a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Sept. 2, 2014,
at Saint Paul Regional Water Services, 1900 Rice Street, to receive comments on the proposed 2015 water charges.
 
Following public comment, the Board tabled the item until the October 14 meeting, when they will vote on whether to recommend the water charges to the Saint Paul City Council. The Council will establish the water charges by resolution following a public hearing as part of the 2015 budget actions. The charges will then be effective January 1, 2015, if passed as proposed.

2015 Budget letter

Water charges in 2015 will include:

  • a water service base fee, based on water meter size. 
  • a water-usage charge, based on water volume rates and consumption.
  • a water main replacement surcharge, based on consumption.
    For the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood and West Saint Paul.
  • a Right of Way Recovery fee.
    For the residents of Saint Paul only.
          

Water Service Base Fees for 2015*

Meter Size     2014 Fee   2015 Proposed Fee 
 Smaller than 1"  $9/quarter  $12/quarter
 1"  $22.50/quarter  $30/quarter
 1 1/2" (Residential)  $45/quarter  $60/quarter
 1 1/2" (Commercial)  $15/month  $20/month
 2"  $24/month  $32/month
 3"  $48/month  $64/month
 4"  $75/month  $100/month
 6"  $150/month  $200/month
 8"  $240/month  $320/month
 10"  $345/month  $460/month
    * For the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood and West Saint Paul.
All other communities pay 20% more.


Water Usage Charge
The 2014 water volume rates and the 2015 proposed water volume rates are shown below:
         
   
Water Volume Rates*
 
Proposed increase of $0.18 per billing unit, or 7.53% increase on average
             
   2014 2015  percent Increase  
 Winter  $2.34  $2.52  7.69%  
                          (7.53% Average) 
 Summer  $2.44  $2.62  7.38%  
       

 * For the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood and West Saint Paul.
All other communities pay 20% more.
   
Water Main Replacement Surcharge
The 2015 proposed water main replacement surcharge is $0.20 per billing unit of water used for the cities of Saint Paul, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Maplewood, and West Saint Paul.
For a single family, residential property using 22 units a quarter, this would amount to $4.40 per quarter for these communities where the infrastructure is owned by SPRWS.

Impact on a typical residential customer's water bill
Typical water consumption for a single family, residential property is 22 units (16,456 gallons) per quarter. (88 units per year.)

The result of the combination of the water service base fee, the water usage fee (water volume), and the water main replacement surcharge for a single family, residential property with a meter smaller than one inch would be $291.76 a year for water.
This is an increase of $45.44 over 2014 water charges for the year.
Saint Paul customers would add an additional $4.50 per quarter for the Right of Way recovery fee noted below.


Right of Way Recovery Fees for City of Saint Paul Customers

Right of Way recovery fees were introduced by the city of Saint Paul in 2012 as a means to obtain reimbursement for costs the city of Saint Paul incurs as a result of buried infrastructure owned by the water utility situated within the city Right of Way. 

These fees will remain unchanged for 2015.

        

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