Rates

Whitinsville Water Company Water Rates

Effective July 1, 2011

THE FOLLOWING TABLE SHOWS THE QUARTERLY BASE SERVICE CHARGE FOR DIFFERENT SIZE METERS

Meter Size Quarterly Charge
5/8-IN $61.95
¾-IN $90.94
1-IN $148.96
1 ½-IN $294.00

The volumetric charge for all water used is $4.239 per 100 cubic feet (748 gallons).

Example below is of a typical water bill calculation with a standard 5/8″ meter and quarterly usage of 2,400 cubic feet.

Quarterly Charge: $61.95
2,400 Cubic Feet 24 x $4.239 = $101.74
Total Bill $163.69

The Whitinsville Water Company had their water rates adjusted by the Department of Public Utilities in 2009 to cover the cost of the treatment facility at the Sutton Wellfield.  In order to minimize the impact to customers, the rate adjustment was divided into two phases.  The first phase of this adjustment went into effect March 1, 2010.  The second phase went into effect July 1, 2011.

Note: The quarterly service base charge is the customer fixed or flat rate charge regardless of the amount of water consumed.  It is set by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities to cover a portion of the utility’s base fixed costs. Fixed costs may include administrative costs, debt service, fire demand costs, meter maintenance/replacement costs, meter reading, billing and other fixed costs the utility must cover regardless of how much water the customer purchases.  If a customer uses no water during the billing period, the utility will still have fixed costs for operating and maintaining the utility system.  It is a separate charge from the demand charge which is based on customer consumption.  This is a standard billing practice for water and sewer utilities as it minimizes revenue fluctuations and helps keep the overall rates stable.