The rates are as follows for a residential customer with a 5/8″ meter:
|Water Availability Rate (base rate)||$30.45 per month|
|1st Tier (3,001 – 8,000 gallons)||$2.75 per 1,000 gallons|
|2nd Tier (8,001 – 16,000 gallons)||$4.65 per 1,000 gallons|
|3rd Tier (16,001 – 24,000 gallons)||$6.20 per 1,000 gallons|
|4th Tier (24,001 gallons and above)||$7.25 per 1,000 gallons|
Metro Main and Metro Hub have the same rate structure. The average monthly usage for residential customers based on a 12-month period is 8,000 gallons.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) factor of meter sizes is used for larger meters. In other words, if a customer has a 2″ meter, when the second or third tier starts will be different because of the increased volume of flow through the meter.
The Board of Directors approved the current rate structure in May 2019. The objective was to cover fixed costs with fixed revenue and variable costs with consumption revenue by restructuring the rate schedule with minimal impact to the average customer. Fixed costs can be defined as expenditures that are incurred regardless of the amount of water used. Variable costs are expenditures more closely tied to the amount of water pumped and delivered.
With the decline in water usage appearing to continue into the future, the Board of Directors has supported the concept of having the Water Availability Rate (base rate) capture a larger portion of the District’s fixed costs. By doing so, this helped to stabilize the revenue and eradicated the need to chase after a declining variable revenue source, providing increased financial and rate stability.
Prior to the 2015 rate adjustment, the Water Availability Rate covered 69% of the District’s fixed costs. The 2015 rate structure raised the District’s revenue stability to 83%. The 2016 rate adjustment included the first 3,000 gallons within the Water Availability Rate and brought the District up to 90% revenue stability.
Service Charges & Fees Metro Main and Metro Hub
The District has service charges and fees. The basic ones include customer deposits, connection fees, re-reads, and reconnections. The District also has a fee for illegal or unauthorized use of water. This involves a contractor taking water from a hydrant without permission and is associated with a $100 credit given to a customer who reports that such an event has happened. The District also has a bulk water rate for contractors and others that need to use water for construction and other purposes.
Customer deposits vary. Deposit amounts may be increased for each category at the discretion of staff based on poor payment history of owner or previous tenant.
$132 for residential homeowners
$200 for Renters
$1,500 for Multi Family, Bulk Meters, and Commercial accounts
Initial Connection Fee – $30.00
Regular Re-connection – $40.00
After Hours Re-connection – $75.00
Returned Payment – up to $40.00
Meter Re-read – $20.00
Residential Dual Meter Fee – $10.15 monthly (1/3 of Water Availability Rate)
Meter Testing – 5/8″ to 1.5″ $150 and 2″ and greater – $325
Delinquent Accounts – 2% or $5.00, whichever is greater
Illegal or Unauthorized Use of Water – $500 for 1st offense, $1,000 for 2nd offense, $1,500 for 3rd and successive offenses (plus cost of water used and property damage).
Development fees are dependent upon whether you simply need water service, are developing property or have a project that involves water improvement plans. The District has development fees associated with master water plan review, water improvement plan review, inspection (including infrastructure inspection and backflow inspection), protected facilities (including fire flow impact fees, where applicable) and for water connection on domestic or irrigation meters.
See our Development Fees page for more information.
RTA/County Waterline Relocation Fee (expires at the end of 2020)
|Meter Size||AWWA Factor||RTA Fee|
Bulk Water Charges – Metro Main & Metro Hub
|Base Rate||Base rate determined by meter size |
Water Resources Utilization Fee for All Service Areas – $0.60 per 1,000 gallons
In October 2012, the Board established a Water Resource Utilization Fee at 10 cents per 1,000 gallons, which became effective March 1, 2013 and applies to all Metro service areas. In October 2013, the Board raised this fee to 20 cents per 1,000 gallons. In September 2014, the Board raised the fee to 40 cents per 1,000 gallons. In May 2016, the Board raised the fee to 50 cents per 1,000 gallons. In May 2018, Board raised the fee to 60 cents per 1,000 gallons.
This fee provides funds to develop, design, and construct projects that will put to use the District’s CAP water and effluent. Specifically, the Water Resources Utilization Fee helps fund the land acquisition and design activities for the CAP Recharge, Recovery and Delivery System, the CMID Recycled Water Project, and the 2016 wheeling agreement to deliver CAP water to Metro Southwest. By using this Fee, the District avoids adding additional debt and reduces the financial impact of these initiatives.