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MWA adopts Five-Year Rate Plan, setting rates for 2017

Dec 21, 2016 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.

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The MWA passed a five-year rate plan that has rates set for 2017.

At its October Meeting, which was the first of the new fiscal year, the Macon Water Authority (MWA) Board of Directors adopted a five-year rate plan upon the recommendation of the Authority’s Finance Committee, which sets the utility’s water and sewer rates for 2017.

The new MWA rates that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 will include a 10-cent increase per CCF (a unit of consumption that equates to approximately 750 gallons) in the variable charge for water for all residential and non-residential customers, in addition to a 10-cent increase per CCF in the variable charge for sewer.

There will be no increase in the base charge for water or sewer for customers with a typical 5/8-inch or 1-inch meter, which includes approximately 90 percent of MWA customer accounts.
The typical MWA residential water and sewer customer should see their monthly bill increase by approximately 2.5%. Even with the slight increase in water and sewer volume rates for 2017, the MWA will maintain some of the most competitive water and sewer rates among public utilities in Georgia.

The MWA five-year rate plan, which will be reviewed and updated annually as needed for each budget cycle, is the result of in-depth analysis by the Authority’s staff of customer demand trends, operational requirements of the utility, capital project needs, and debt coverage targets required for bond issues and long-term financing.

“We are confident that the five-year rate plan and subsequent rates for 2017 reflect a fiscally responsible and conservative approach to meeting the needs of the Authority’s operations, while maintaining the highest standards for water and sewer services that our customers are accustomed to receiving,” says Tony Rojas, MWA Executive Director and President.

“Rate adjustments are crucial for a utility’s financial health and in order to keep revenues consistent with increasing costs to produce and distribute the best tasting drinking water in America, in addition to replacing and upgrading infrastructure and rehabilitating existing assets,” concludes Rojas.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
Phone: 770-757-1681
Email: jcwood@uga.edu or chris@jwapr.com

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