2014 Rates and Charges

2014 Rates and Charges

Wholesale rate increases among the smallest in years

Wholesale water rates that the Water Authority charges its 24 member agencies in 2014 will increase by 2.6 percent for untreated supplies and 3.5 percent for treated supplies – the smallest annual increases in the past decade.

The Water Authority’s Board in June voted to charge member agencies an “all-in” rate of $1,029 per acre-foot for untreated water, an increase of $26 from 2013, and $1,303 per acre-foot for treated water, $44 more than 2013. Increases were mostly linked to higher costs for imported water, and they were moderated by continuing cost-control measures at all levels of the Water Authority. (An acre-foot is approximately 325,900 gallons, or roughly enough to serve two typical single-family households of four for a year.)

Rates for 2014 were developed in conjunction with an independent cost-of-service study that confirmed that the Water Authority’s rate structure complies with legal requirements, cost-of-service standards, industry best practices and Board policies. The second phase of the cost-of-service study is under way and will evaluate how expenses related to the Carlsbad Desalination Project are allocated to ensure that water costs continue to be equitably distributed across the region.