Value of Water: Rising Costs Affect Rates

Posted Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Skagit PUD’s water costs less than a penny per gallon—a true bargain considering the energy and expertise it takes to treat and deliver safe and reliable water to homes and businesses day in and day out. But like many basic services today, the cost of treating and delivering water is going up for several reasons.

Water is essential to our daily lives, but few people stop to consider its value and importance, especially when compared to bottled water and other everyday products.

Here are some of the factors affecting the cost of treating and delivering water:

Rising treatment costs. Increasingly stringent drinking water regulations add to the cost of providing water. Producing high-quality water requires significant investments in treatment technologies and chemicals.

Aging water infrastructure. Repairing and upgrading aging pipelines, pumps and other facilities accounts for a significant portion of monthly water bills.

Maintaining our system through replacement and rehabilitation is critically important in order to preserve a good level of service, ensure adequate fire protection, minimize outages and maintain water quality. Deferring needed maintenance can result in expensive system repairs.

Increasing energy costs. It takes lots of electricity to pump, treat and deliver water. Rising costs for energy directly affect the cost of delivering water to you.

Reducing expenses is always the goal. To keep up with rising costs, Skagit PUD’s Commissioners approved a 2014 rate adjustment of 8 percent or approximately $2.68 per month for the average residential customer.

As a Skagit PUD customer, you get more than just a product for your money. You are getting reliable service that includes ongoing maintenance, sophisticated water quality testing and treatment, and highly trained personnel. Simply put, you are getting one of the best deals around.