Guilford Water Authority to Increase Rates

Guilford Water Authority customers should expect to see a letter in their bills this month. They have announced rate increases that are to go in effect February 1, 2022. You can expect the minimum charge to increase to $50.71 for 1,000 cubic feet of water or less. In a letter sent to customers the authority cited capital investments of approximately $7 million in the near future, including a 24″ water main that will connect their two largest treatment facilities.

Dear Customer,

Rate increases are sometimes necessary to continue the water authority’s dedication to protecting the environment, upgrading the water system, developing new sources of water, and improving reliability and quality of service to our customers.

Guilford Water Authority will invest approximately $7,000,000 in capital improvements in the very near future. One of these is a 24″ water main approximately 9,000 feet in length connecting our two largest treatment facilities and associated raw water storage tanks. The second project currently underway is the connection of two currently dead ends approximately 13,000 feet apart that will allow water from both treatment facilities to be better utilized. The cost to us for pipe, fittings, fire hydrants, treatment chemicals and other associated necessities have been steadily increasing. Replacing aged and undersized water mains is also included on the list.

The new rates will become effective on February 1, 2022.

New rates are as follows:

  • Minimum charge of $50.71 for 1,000 cubic feet or less per quarter.
  • Next 5,000 cubic feet is $39.00 per 1,000 cubic feet (or $3.90 per 100 cubic feet)
  • Above 6000 cubic feet the rate is $26.50 per 1000 cubic feet (or $2.65 per 100 cubic feet)

Current rates are:

  • $47.84 for 1,000 cubic feet or less per quarter.
  • $35.80 for the next 5,000 cubic feet ($3.58 per 100 cubic feet).
  • After 6,000 cubic feet, the balance is $25 for each 1,000 cubic feet (or $2.50 per 100 cubic feet).

For instance, the current bill for 1,100 cubic feet of water in one quarter is $51.42. That will increase to $54.61 in February under the new rate schedule. That would mean an additional $3.19 per quarter, or just over a 5.8% increase.

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