From the Clifton Water District via the The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel:
Water customers of the Clifton Water District will see their usage rates go up again starting the first of the year, the fifth time in as many years at the utility.
Clifton water users will see their minimum monthly rate for 3,000 gallons rise $1 from $22 to $23, and customers with an average of 7,000 gallons a month will see an increase of $1.40 in their monthly bill. The changes are in effect beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
Rates for minimum usage were raised $2 last year, and rates increased in 2011, 2012 and 2013, as well at the utility.
By comparison, in 2012 the minimum rate charged for customers using 3,000 gallons or less was $14.50.
Water usage rates in larger quantities will also bump up $.10 per 1,000 gallons across all tiers in 2015.
There is no change this year to the district’s $2.50 monthly system investment fee, and out-of-district customers will still pay 1.5 times the in-district rates.
In a press release, the district cited three primary objectives in raising their rates again: funding the operation of aging infrastructure improvements, loan repayment and encouraging conservation.
Clifton Water is the second-largest system in the region, behind the Ute Water Conservancy District.
Clifton serves a population of some 37,000, and 13,000 taps.
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