Water rates up

LIHU‘E — County officials announced Thursday an increase in the Department of Water’s cost of power adjustment rate effective today.

The increase of $0.31 per thousand gallons will cover the energy costs incurred during the past fiscal year that were higher than the energy cost allowance in the water rates and the projected increase for Fiscal Year  2011-2012, according to a press release.

If energy costs should decrease in the future, the cost of power adjustment could result in a decrease in water rates, the DOW states.

Energy costs are a significant percentage of the department’s annual expenses. Last year, energy costs accounted for $2.9 million or 16 percent of operating costs, while the department’s water sales totaled $18.8 million.

All of DOW’s revenues are obtained from water sales, not from real property taxes or the county’s general fund.

Call 245-5461 for more information.

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