Water Cost of Service Study & Proposed Water Rate Structures

The City of Columbia Water Utility has contracted with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. to conduct a Comprehensive Water Cost of Service Studyopens in a new window. A critical focus of the study was to establish a new rate structure that fulfills our financial needs and meets current objectives of the utility. Work sessions were conducted with the Water & Light Advisory Board and City Council to discuss setting water rate objectives and priorities. As a result of this work, the consultant has proposed the addition of a third water rate tier. This third tier is structured to recover cost from the customers who place increased demands on the system during times of peak water production while sending a strong pricing signal that Columbia values water conservation.

Addendum to Comprehensive Water Cost of Service Study

The Water & Light Advisory Board will hold a special meeting to hear from City staff and the consultant on the proposed water rates structure.  This forum will also be used to receive comments from members of the community.  Press Release available.

Interested Parties Meeting:

Wednesday, November 7

6 to 8 p.m.

Council Chambers

City Hall, 701 E. Broadway

 

Additional Resources:

 

Video of Interested Parties Meeting

Water Rate PowerPoint Presentation from Nov. 7 Meeting

CURRENT Residential Water Rate Structure Chart

Consultant PROPOSED Fixed Charge Residential Water Rate Structure Chart (Referred to as Fixed Block Rate Scenerio in the consultant’s presentation)

Fixed Charge Residential Water Rate Structure Graph (Referred to as Fixed Block Rate Scenerio in the consultant’s presentation)

Frequently Asked Questions

Customer Estimated Billing Worksheet PDF Version

Customer Estimated Billing Worksheet Excel Version

Winter Quarter Average Chart (Referred to as Individual Block Rate Scenerio in the consultant’s presentation) and Examples of High, Medium and Low Customer Water Usage

Water Conservation Tips

Changes to Water Rates and Structure Timeline

Public Survey Results

Customer Questions Regarding the Proposed Waters Rate Structure Changes