Water rates see slight increase

The new year means new utility rates for Bonney Lake residents: Base and consumption rates for water all increase slightly as of Jan. 1 for residents.

The new year means new utility rates for Bonney Lake residents.

Base and consumption rates for water all increase slightly as of Jan. 1 for residents.

According to city code, water costs in the city are tied to the consumer price index, which this year went up approximately 2.3 percent from October 2011 to October 2012.

The increase in the water availability charge is slight the year and depends on the size of your meter. For homes with a meter size of 5/8-inch to 3/4-inch the increase will be from $14 to $14.32 per month. Residents with a 1-inch meter and a fire sprinkler system will see the same increase.

For residents who have a 1-inch meter without a fire sprinkler system, the rate will go from $27.76 to $28.40 per month.

Rates also increase slightly for those with larger meters.

Water consumption rates are also increasing this week, though very slightly. Winter rates for city residents who use 0-10 CCF (hundreds of cubic feet) per month will see rates increase from $1.16 to $1.19, while those who use more than that will see rates go from $2.29 to $2.34.

Outside city limits, the lessor usage amount goes from $1.67 to $1.71 while the larger usage amount jumps from $3.33 to $3.40.

Summer rates will also increase by the same percentage, though there are several more usage tiers from June 1 to Sept. 30.

Residents can also expect a slight sewer base rate increase as well this year, as prescribed by ordinance, but those rates do not take effect until July 1. This summer, rates will go from $40.16 to $44.17 per month.

Storm water rates will not be effected and will remain $14 per month for the third consecutive year.

Seniors and the disabled are eligible for discount of 50 percent on water availability and 20 percent on sewer.

For more information on the rate increases or to see all of the utility rates in city limits, visit the city website at www.citybonneylake.org.

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