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Oro Valley residents could see water rate increase

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. – Residents in Oro Valley could see their water rates increase.

Oro Valley council members will be voting to approve the increase Wednesday night. If it passes, everyone in the town will see a higher water bill.

It would just be a base increase, so it is not an increase depending on how much water is used.

In 2018, the town transitioned from an emphasis on commodity rates to base rates, based on trends of lower water consumption.

Eighty-seven percent of people in Oro Valley have a 5/8-inch meter and they would see a base rate increase of a $1.81 per month. The average Oro Valley resident uses 7,000 gallons of water monthly and would see a 4.6 percent increase.

Oro Valley’s Water Utility Director says water in Arizona is getting more and more expensive. The recommended increase to the base rates would increase the utility’s fixed cost recovery and ensure revenue stability.

“Our power costs go up, our cost to purchase our allotment of Colorado River water goes up, employee healthcare costs go up,” said Peter Abraham, Oro Valley Water Utility Director. “There’s merit increases… All the things that a family would typically see go up, the water utility goes up too. We have a lease, we have power bills, we have employees. All those costs go up every year and this proposed rate increase is to cover those kinds of costs.”

Town Council will vote on this in the regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday evening. The meeting is open to the public.

For more info on the potential water bill hike, go HERE.

Associated Press

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