Tahoe water rate hikes before commissioners on Thursday
September 14, 2010
Converting the county’s three Lake Tahoe water companies’ customers to meters will account for a large piece of a proposed rate increase.
All of the county’s more than 1,000 Tahoe residential water customers are paying a flat rate for their water.
Part of increased rates will pay to convert customers to meters, though that has been delayed a year.
Douglas County commissioners are scheduled to meet 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the rate increases.
Cave Rock’s water system customers will pay the highest rate of the three with a proposed increase from $180.82 to $202.46 on Oct. 1. Average rates for Cave Rock residents would increase slightly to $208.83 on July 1, 2011, and then to $291.29 on July 1, 2012.
Zephyr Cove water customers will see a rate increase from an average of $75.79 to $79.95 should commissioners approve their new rates. That rate will go up to $87.29 on July 1, 2011, and then increase to $123.44 a month on July 1, 2012. The largest capital expense for water users that year will be the $1.559 million needed to convert them to water meters.
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There are the equivalent of 516 homes on the Zephyr Water Utility District.
Of all the county’s water systems, only residents of the Skyland system won’t have a rate increase.
They will pay the average flat rate of $114.23 until a new rate increase is proposed for July 1, 2011. That rate will go to $119.94.
Metering will account for the largest portion of the Skyland increases when they are implemented. Skyland is the smallest of the Tahoe water companies with the equivalent of 243 homes.