Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/functions/wpzoom-functions.php on line 17

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/single.php on line 7

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/single.php on line 7

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/single.php on line 7

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/header.php on line 4

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/header.php on line 4

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/header.php on line 4
Chelan PUD increases water and sewer

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/sidebar.php on line 7

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/sidebar.php on line 7

Chelan PUD increases water and sewer

Decrease font size Default font size Increase font size
March 6, 2012

(Wenatchee, WA) A 6-percent increase for water and sewer rates was approved by Chelan County PUD commissioners Monday, continuing the PUD’s steps to follow its Strategic Plan and put each of the PUD’s service offerings (electric, water, sewer, fiber) on solid, sustainable financial footing for the future.

The new rates will take effect April 1, when the average bill for residential water customers using 7,500 gallons per month will increase about $2.95 per month. The PUD has approximately 5,500 water customers, mostly on the outskirts of Wenatchee. Sewer bills will increase about $3.50 per month on the basic charge for approximately 450 residential customers using PUD systems in the Peshastin, Dryden and Lake Wenatchee areas.

Sewer and water rates do not cover the full cost of providing services, and the PUD said late last year as it developed its 2012 budget that it wants to move rates gradually closer to covering costs as part of its long-term Strategic Plan for financial stability. Revenues are needed to cover the infrastructure and operational costs of the sewer and water systems that cover wide rural areas of Chelan County where population is less dense. The Strategic Plan incorporates customer priorities and preferences gleaned from extensive community outreach where customers have said they would like PUD utility systems to stand on their own financially if possible.

This rate increase is considered an interim step until the PUD can develop five-year business plans for all its various utility systems later this year. Further changes may be recommended at that time since this increase will not completely close the gap on covering costs for the sewer and water services.
In other matters Monday:

  • Commissioners heard a final report on concluding the upgrade and modernization of the Lake Chelan Hydro Project during the past five years at a total cost of about $46 million. Project Manager John Sagerser told commissioners the work on generators, turbines and related controls improved the efficiency of the powerhouse so more energy can be generated from the same amount of water, and the rating of the powerhouse has gone from about 48 megawatts to about 59 megawatts for the two generating units. One megawatt is roughly enough energy to power approximately 500 Northwest homes. Sagerser recognized the work of PUD employees Dan Garrison, Bert Hoffman, Steve Sembritzky and Darren Pickthorn as key contributors to the successful project that will provide a lot of long-lasting benefit for the District.
  • Commissioners were told by the PUD’s External Affairs team that legislation helpful to the PUD was on its way to the governor’s desk for signature after passing the House and Senate last week. The legislation will amend Initiative 937 to provide utilities the ability to pre-certify electric generation projects or conservation resources for compliance under the Energy Independence Act. The reviews will be performed by the Washington Department of Commerce. The step will give utilities more certainty about projects receiving approval before money is spent.

0 comments

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/footer.php on line 4

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/footer.php on line 4

Warning: Illegal string offset 'id' in /home/content/17/5894217/html/ncwtv/wp-content/themes/tribune/footer.php on line 4