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Cedar-Knox Rural Water Project Rate Adjustment October 2012

Sep 20, 2012

Missouri River Basin | Lewis & Clark NRD | General NRD Info

On August 9, 2012 the Cedar-Knox Rural Water Project Board approved a recommendation to adjust the water rates. Rates have not been adjusted since 2006. In the last 6 years expenses have increased, while income has not. Since the water project doesn't receive tax funds, all expenses must be paid from minimum charges and water sales. Our actual operation costs for 2011-2012 was $613,835 divided by 101,636,000 gallons sold, or $6.04 per 1,000 gallons, which is covered by a combination of water rates and minimum charges.
Existing Rate New Rate
Minimum $25.00 $25.00 + $5.00 Maintenance Fee
1,000 to 49,000 gallons $4.50/1000 $4.50/1000
over 49,000 gallons $4.25/1000 $4.50/1000
Existing Rate New Rate
Minimum $31.00 $31.00 + $5.00 Maintenance Fee
1,000 to 49,000 gallons $4.50/1000 $4.50/1000
over 49,000 gallons $4.25/1000 $4.50/1000

Due to anticipated personnel retirements, an additional staff person was hired to cover plant operations and maintenance and emergency operations.

All the treatment plant modifications needed to meet federal guidelines and pipeline extension costs incurred in the last 6 years have been paid from reserve accounts dedicated for project improvements. The good news is the water treatment process has been updated to meet TTHM (Total Trihalomethane) requirements; unfortunately we now face unexpected expenses due to sand infiltrating our intake caused by the 2011 flood.

These expenses plus a trend for higher systems repairs due to the age of our 30-year old system prompted the board to also include a $5.00 per month maintenance fee effective October 1, 2012 for water used in October and payable in November. The summary chart below shows the new charges. Monthly minimums remain the same. Bulk rates on all usage will go up to $4.50/1000 gallons. Multiple Benefit Users will have an alternate schedule for payment.

Original Cedar-Knox Rural Water Project:

Bow Creek Expansion Rural Water Project:

The District would like to thank the towns and individual users for their continued support of the project. Any comments or questions can be directed to the Cedar-Knox Rural Water Project at the Lewis & Clark NRD Office, P O Box 518, Hartington, NE 68739 or phone (402) 254-6758.