Water rates measure up

May 14, 2003 11:00 pm

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

A statewide survey of water rates shows Calaveras County Water District's fees fall within the median range.

Black & Veatch, an engineering consulting firm with offices in Irvine and Pasadena, surveys water and wastewater rates in California every two years.

CCWD's Operations and Maintenance Superintendent Fred Burnett shared the latest survey — for 2002 water rates — with district directors when they met yesterday.

The rates surveyed were monthly charges for consuming 1,500 cubic feet of water and the one-time connection fee for new installations.

The survey reveals broad variations in monthly rates, from a low of $7.50 charged by Florin County Water District in Sacramento, to a high of $112.60 charged by Skyline County Water District in the Bay Area.

CCWD's monthly water rate, Burnett said, is $32.20. The median rate is $30.93, and the statewide average is $30.33.

"I think the monthly charges pretty much speak for themselves," he said after the board meeting. "There was a concern that we might be on the high side of our rates here, but, obviously, we aren't."

The Black & Veatch survey of connection fees also ranged widely. Burnett said many cities charge no connection fees.

The cities charging the highest connection fees — $22,100 per hookup — are all within the East Bay Municipal Utility District: Danville, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon and Walnut Creek.

According to the survey, the statewide median connection fee is $2,580 and the average statewide is $3,456. CCWD charges $5,500.

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