Water Rates and Fees 2021
Approved at the December 17, 2020 JBWD Monthly Meeting
JBWD Water rates have remained the same since 2012. In 2021, a new Zero Tier was added to the Water Rate Fees Structure.
The minimum billed will be the BASIC SERVICE FEE plus the Tier Zero or Tier One level of the WATER RATE FEES.
FOR EXAMPLE: A Juniper Beach Area customer using over 3 cubic feet of water will be billed at the minimum cost of $135 ($90 Service Fee and $45 Water Rate Fee).
JBWD bills customers every other month (bi-monthly). Meters will be read the last week of February , April, June, August, October, and December and billed following that reading.
BASIC SERVICE FEES
(for Loan Repayments, Reserve Funds and Capital Improvements and Maintenance)
WATER RATE FEES
(for Operational Cost of Producing Water)
Tier Zero: If a service connection uses 3 or less cubic feet of water over a billing period of two months, a minimum of $5 water rate fee will be charged.
Tier One: Each customer (service connection) using 4 cubic feet or more, is billed at the minimum level of Tier One Water Rate Fee of $45 every two months ($22.50 per month). This covers an allocation of water (1000 cu.ft for two months which is billed at 4.5 cents per cubic foot). Each customers is also billed a Base Service Fee of (see above). This covers loan repayments, reserve funds, capital improvements / maintenance and basic overhead costs (insurance, etc.).
Tier Two: If a customer uses over 1000 cubic feet within the two months, then they will be charged accordingly in Tier Two for those cubic feet over 1000 according to the rate of 5.5 cents per cubic foot.
Tier Three: If a customer uses over 1500 cubic feet within the two month period, then they will be charged fee of 7 cents per cubic feet for those cubic feet over the Tier Two allocation.
ADDITIONAL ACCOUNTING AND SERVICE FEES
YOUR JBWD ACCOUNT / PAYING YOUR BILL
JBWD SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT FEES
(WATER CONNECTION FEES)
2021 Water Service Connection Fee = $15,500 (Depending on the property location, a Latecomer Fee may be assessed if the property lies within a ULID or Developer Extension Agreement area.) See further explanations of the Service Connection Fee below as well as answers to some frequently asked questions.
Any development – whether new construction, existing structure, or remodel that requires potable water will have to pay a connection fee in order to connect to the Juniper Beach Water District water system. The intent of this document is to provide an informative summary of how these fees are assessed.
“System Development charges” are commonly associated with and assessed by water utilities for the purpose of developing the capacity of the system to accommodate the extra demand placed on this system by new customers.
This document is intended to aid in understanding the JBWD System Development Fees, and is not intended to replace or supersede any portion of the water rate fee schedule or the JBWD Board Policies. For additional assistance with calculation of connection fees, please call JBWD at 360-474-7171.
Frequently asked questions:
Why do I have to pay water connection Fees?
JBWD, along with its customers, invested a lot of capital money to develop the existing potable water system. These utilities include: water treatment plant, four wells, two reservoirs totaling 238,000 gallons of capacity, fire hydrants and booster pumps to supply adequate fire water supply, and over 5 miles of miles of distribution and fill pipelines. The improvement to the water system has occurred within the last 20 years. The approximate value of the infrastructure improvements and facilities is over 2.25 million dollars. Most of the improvements were financed through very low interest Public Works Board loans. All of this infrastructure serves approximately 150 water connections. The basis for the system development/connection charges is your “fair share” of the initial infrastructure installation of this utility system and the “potential impact” your connection will have on the water system.
What are the additional cost that must be paid when a larger meter is installed or there is a private fire system (automatic sprinkler equipment) on the premise?
Not only is there an increased system development fee, there is also an additional bi-monthly basic fixed charge for meters over ¾”.
If there is a private fire system (automatic sprinkler equipment) installed on the premise, then an additional bi-monthly basic charge must also be paid.
These fees are sound under the JBWD Water Rates and Fees schedule.
When must the System Development Fee be paid?
The System Development Fees must be paid prior to the installation of the meter. Where an install date for the meter will be established upon application, the installation work may be cancelled if the System Development Fees have not been received. The connection fee assessed is the fee at the time of payment, not the fee at the time of initial inquiry regarding a connection.
1. The above Connection Fees do not include any costs associated with construction or installation of the utility service that is beyond a normal meter installation. This must be arranged for and coordinated by the JBWD Board of Commissioners and property owner applying for service. Costs to install utilities may vary based on permit fees, job site conditions, and contractor fees.
2. The above Connection Fees do not include any Latecomer fees, if applicable.