County officials announced an increase in the Department of Water’s “Cost of Power” adjustment charge effective Tuesday.
The increase is $0.09 per 1,000 gallons more than the previous charge, for a total charge of $0.31 per 1,000 gallons. The increase will cover the higher-than-expected energy costs incurred during the current fiscal year along with the anticipated energy cost in the upcoming fiscal year, according to the county.
In the future, if energy costs decrease, the cost of power adjustment may result in a decrease in water rates, states the Department of Water.
Energy costs are a significant percentage of the department’s annual expenses. Last year, energy costs came to $2.7 million, while the department’s water sales revenue totaled $15.1 million.
All of the Department of Water’s revenues are obtained from water sales, not from real property taxes or the county’s general fund.
• For more information, call the Department of Water at 245-5455 during business hours, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.