Water discount can be had

Grand Valley water users can still get a cash discount on their 2014 rates, which went up this year to build up coffers spent on recent capital improvements.

The Grand Valley Water Users’ Association raised its rates and added a $100 per-account fee for 2014.

“I apologize for the sticker shock,” General Manager Mark Harris said of the increase, but noted that the district’s philosophy is that users should pay for the improvements from which they benefit.

Coffers were drained by recent capital improvements that cost at least $1.5 million, Harris said. The district sent out notices on Dec. 10 that its rates were going up. Customers can get the discount for payments made by Feb. 1.

The $100 operational fee was charged to all users and there are increases that affect users differently, depending on the volume of water they use, Harris said.

A customer who uses a minimum amount of water last year paid $83 for water. This year, the minimum charge for water will be $113.50 on top of the operational fee of $100 for a total of $213.50.

The increases will begin replenishing spent reserves, but that process will take a number of years, Harris said.

“We will be moving out of the red and into the black,” Harris said.


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