LACEY WATER UTILITY TO HOST SERIES OF OPEN HOUSES ON MUNICIPAL WATER SYSTEM AND RATE PROPOSALS
LACEY, WA, August 9, 2012: Lacey water utility customers are invited to participate in any of three open houses scheduled this month to learn about their municipal water system and proposed changes to water rates. Attendees will be able to visit with water utility staff from 5 to 7 p.m. on:
- Thursday, August 16, at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Avenue SE
- Monday, August 20, at the Hawks Prairie Golf Club’s Talon Grill
- Wednesday, August 22, at the historic Jacob Smith House, 4500 Intelco Loop SE
Rates collected by the water utility, which serves 68,000 customers, are used to operate and maintain 390 miles of water mains, 19 deep-aquifer wells, and 4 water treatment facilities. Upcoming projects identified in the utility’s capital facilities plan include replacement of aging infrastructure, stabilization of system pressure, and construction of a new water treatment facility and reservoir. The utility will also enhance operating and capital reserves in order to provide greater stability against unforeseen events.
The average residential customer within the city currently pays $25.95 per month for water service. The proposed rate schedule would adjust residential bills by approximately $1.68 per month, beginning January 1, 2013. Similar increases are proposed each year through 2017. By the end of 2017, the average residential water bill will be around $35.55.
Other categories of accounts within and outside of the city—including duplex, multi-family, irrigation and commercial users—have similar rate adjustment proposals.
For more information about the proposed water rate schedules, open houses, or Lacey’s water utility, visit www.ci.lacey.wa.us/water-rates, or call Lacey Water Resources at (360) 438-2687.
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- Erin Keith, Water Resources Specialist; (360) 438-2687; firstname.lastname@example.org