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Special Service Fees

Special Services Fees Proposed Changes for 2018

Current fees and changes to fees that will be effective Jan. 1, 2018

In the utility industry, it is customary to assess a range of fees for special services that are associated for the benefit of a particular customer. These fees are designed to recover costs associated with providing special services and help decrease pressure on system-wide rates, which otherwise subsidize special services provided to limited groups of customers.

The tables below summarize the proposed Special Services Fees changes for 2018. The proposed fee changes resulted from a thorough review in 2017 of all SAWS Special Services Fees to ensure specialized services cost recovery.

Over 60 existing fees were analyzed. Increases to 41 existing fees are recommended. Three fees are recommended for discontinuing. It is also proposed to create 12 new fees to reflect changing service conditions and customer requirements.

Fee Types


Fee Type Category Focus of Fee Changes
Conservation Increase Irrigation System Inspection Non-Compliance Volumetric Rate to better reflect the cost to supply the added water needed on average by customers who do not comply with the City Code's annual irrigation system inspection requirement.
Customer Service-Related Update the Same Day Turn-On Fee to better reflect the cost of service as well as those fees assessed to recover the costs of replacing deliberately damaged meter-related equipment and the costs of performing bench tests of meters thought by customers to be malfunctioning but found to be in working order.
Development Services Update the Fire Flow Test Fee to better the reflect the cost of providing the service as well as fees associated with lift station maintenance and the processing of enchroachment or easement release applications.
Fire Hydrant Water Meter Update fees and policies associated with the SAWS Fire Hydrant Meter program to improve customer accountability for fire hydrant meter usage, to deincentivize extended usage for irrigation purposes, to encourage more customers to bring meters to SAWS on a regular basis for calibration as already required, and to encourage more customers to call in meter reads on a monthly basis also as already required.
Industrial Waste Update certain industrial waste permitting, sampling and liquid waste disposal fees by the rate of inflation as allowed by the City Code, and add two new fees to recover the higher cost of private liquid waste disposal at the Dos Rios plant on weekends and holidays, respectively.
Pipeline Damage Cost Recovery Create two new flat fees to recover certain costs of responding to incidents of pipeline damage by private contractors that are not otherwise recoverable through the normal itemized costs claims process. Authority to recover the value of lost water is also included.
Underground Storage Tank Regulation Update the fees associated with the SAWS Underground Storage Tank registration, permitting and annual inspection program to better reflect the cost of providing the service.

Proposed Changes to Special Service Fees


Conservation
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Irrigation System Inspection Compliance Annual Enforcement Fee 2016 $153.00 No change Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Irrigation System Inspection Compliance Volumetric Rate (per 100 gallons) 2016 $0.0969 $0.1963 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Customer Service - Related
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Account Deposit (Water and Sewer Service) 2008 $72.00 $87.00 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer.
Account Deposit (Water and Sewer Service) for Affordability Customers 2008 $55.00 $67.00 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer.
Account Deposit (Sewer Service Only) 2008 $36.00 $44.00 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer.
Account Deposit (Sewer Service Only) for Affordability Customers 2008 $18.00 $22.00 Updated by percentage rate change approved in a given year after 2018 for the average SAWS residential customer.
Added Fee for Removal of Illegal Straight Connection 1994 $25.00 No Change Add cost of estimate water usage during illegal straight connection usage.
Wastewater Plug & Removal Fee - 4 inch pipeline 2012 $862.00 $870.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Wastewater Plug & Removal Fee - 6 inch pipeline 2012 $963.00 $994.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Wastewater Plug & Removal Fee - 8 inch pipleline 2012 $1,100.00 $1,117.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Dye Testing Fee 2012 $54.00 $57.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Same Day Turn-On Fee 2012 $30.00 $34.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Valve Tampering Fee 2012 $34.30 $60.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Lock Tampering Fee 2012 $38.30 $45.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
5/8" Meter Tampering Fee 2012 $62.30 $73.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
3/4" Meter Tampering Fee 2012 $67.30 $92.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
1" Meter Tampering Fee 2012 $77.30 $119.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
5/8" Bench Meter Test Fee 2012 $72.00 $124.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
3/4" Bench Meter Test Fee 2012 $77.00 $143.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
1" Bench Meter Test Fee 2012 $87.00 $170.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
1.5" Bench Meter Test Fee New Fee   $310.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
2" Bench Meter Test Fee New Fee   $454.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Development Services
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Enchroachment or Easement Release Application Processing Fee 2016 $628.00 $780.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Fire Flow Test Fee 2008 $34.00 $58.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Lift Station Maintenance Fee 2012 $198,155 $200,130 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Fire Hydrant Water Meter
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Metered Water Sales (per 100 gallons) 2017 $0.2138 $0.2699 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018. The current EAA Permit Fee rate will be added.
Water Supply Fee (per 100 gallons) 2017 $0.1799 $0.2163 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Supply in a given year after 2018. The current EAA Permit Fee will be added.
Fire Hydrant Meter Daily Availability Charge New Fee   $6.60 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Fire Hydrant Meter Deposit New Fee   $1,637 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Monthly Penalty for Failure to Bring in Fire Hydrant Meter for Calibration/Inspection New Fee   $99.00 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018 .
Fire Hydrant Meter Irrigation Use Metered Irrigation OCL Water Sales (per 100 gallons) New Fee   $0.9802 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Delivery in a given year after 2018. The current EAA Permit Fee rate will be added.
Fire Hydrant Meter Irrigation Use Water Supply Fee Rate (per 100 Gallons) New Fee   $0.5660 Updated by percentage rate change approved for Water Supply in a given year after 2018. The current EAA Permit Fee will be added.
Industrial Waste
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Categorical Industrial Waste Permit (five years) 2017 $13,618.91 $13,854.50 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Non-Categorical Industrial Waste Permit (five years) 2017 $10,214.18 $10,390.88 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
SIU Sampling Fee 2017 $ 605.28 $ 615.76 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Non-SIU Sampling Fee (per month) 2017 $10.71 $10.90 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Liquid Waste Permit Fee (Annual) 2017 $335.93 $341.74 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Liquid Waste Permit Vehicle Reinspection Fee 2017 $187.64 $190.88 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Liquid Waste Manifest Book 2017 $43.38 $44.13 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Liquid Waste Disposal Site Fee (per 100 Gallons) 2017 $8.80 $8.95 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
FOG Monthly Fee (Flat Fee for All FOG Customers) 2017 $20.78 $21.14 Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
Laboratory Test Fees (different fees per procedure) 2017 (See Lab Fees) (See Lab Fees) Already authorized to be updated annually by inflation by 2015 City ordinance
New Liquid Waste Disposal Site Holiday Disposal Fee New Fee   $63.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
New Liquid Waste Disposal Site Weekend Disposal Fee New Fee   $38.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Pipeline Damage Cost Recovery
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Dispatch Fee for Response to Damaged Mains (EOC, Claims, D&C) New Fee   $48.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Flat Avg. Fees for Flowable Fill and Plates for Contractor Main Damage New Fee   $236.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
Lost Water Rate (per 100 gallons; Highest Water Supply/Water Delivery Outside City Limits Rate) New Fee   $1.7151 Updated by percentage rate changes approved for Water Delivery and Water Supply in a given year after 2018. The current EAA Permit Fee will be added.
Underground Storage Tank Regulation
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts Proposed 2018 Fee Amounts Other Changes Proposed
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Initial Site Registration Fee 2012 $200.00 $220.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Annual Site Inspection Fee 2012 $130.00 $150.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Follow-Up Site Inspection Fee 2012 $115.00 $120.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Permit Renewal Fee (Tanks 0-4,999 Gallons) 2012 $500.00 $525.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Permit Renewal Fee (Tanks 5,000 to 10,000 Gallons) 2012 $600.00 $650.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.
UST Permit Renewal Fee (Tanks Greater Than 10,000 Gallons) 2012 $700.00 $750.00 Updated annually by inflation after 2018.

Laboratory Fees


Laboratory Test 2017 Fees 2018 Fees Difference
Alkalinity $17.37 $17.67 $0.30
Ammonia Direct $20.26 $20.61 $0.35
Ammonia Distillation $40.52 $41.23 $0.70
Biochemical Oxygen Demand $34.74 $35.34 $0.60
Chemical Oxygen Demand $36.18 $36.81 $0.63
Conductivity $11.58 $11.78 $0.20
Cyanide - Total (with Post Amending) $46.60 $47.41 $0.81
Nitrogen, total Kjeldahle (TKN) $39.08 $39.75 $0.68
Phosphorus - Total $25.91 $26.36 $0.45
Total Dissolved Solids $15.63 $15.90 $0.27
Total Suspended Solids $18.53 $18.85 $0.32
Turbidity $14.89 $15.15 $0.26
Volatile Organic Compounds SDWA (Drinking Water) $130.26 $132.51 $2.25
Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons $115.78 $117.79 $2.00
Hardness $18.53 $18.85 $0.32
Hexavalent Chromium $33.29 $33.86 $0.58
Mercury $34.74 $35.34 $0.60
Metals $16.21 $16.49 $0.28
Total Coliform - Present/Absent $20.84 $21.20 $0.36
Escherichia Coli - Present/Absent $22.00 $22.38 $0.38
Fecal Coliform $20.84 $21.20 $0.36
Fecal Streptococcus $28.95 $29.45 $0.50
Escherichia Coli - Membrane Filtration $20.84 $21.20 $0.36
Fats, Oil and Grease $63.68 $64.78 $1.10
IC (Nitrite, Sulfate, Chloride, Nitrite/Nitrate Combined, Nitrate, Fluoride) $17.99 $18.30 $0.31
Organochlorine Pesticides $196.83 $200.24 $3.41
Organophosphorus Pesticides (8 compounds) $225.49 $229.35 $3.90
Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (70 - 110 compounds) $434.19 $441.70 $7.51
Volatile Organic Compounds - Waste Water (31 compounds) $175.12 $178.15 $3.03
AVERAGE $65.41 $66.54 $1.13

Existing Special Services Fees - NO PROPOSED CHANGES


Customer Service - Related
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts
Meter Trip Fee 2008 $10.00
Meter Trip Fee for Affordability Customers 2008 $5.00
PROPOSED TO DISCONTINUE (Duplicates Meter Trip Fee)
Turn-On Fee After Reinstatment (payment made between 0745 and 1545 on workdays)
1994 $10.00
PROPOSED TO DISCONTINUE (Duplicates Meter Trip Fee)
Turn-On Fee After Reinstatment (payment not made between 0745 and 1545 on workdays)
1994 $15.00
Added Turn-On Fee After Meter Removal for Illegal Connection 1994 $10.00
Added Fee to Cap Service Line after Removal of Illegal Straight Connection 1994 $175.00
Added Fee to Reinstall Meter after Service Line Capping and Illegal Straight Connection Removal 1994 $25.00
Bad Check Fee 2005 $30.00
Penalty for Late Payment after 15 Days of Bill Mailing 1994 5.0%
Transfer of Service from Old Account to New Account within Service Area 1994 $6.00
Water Meter Plug & Removal Fee 2012 $78.00
Industrial Waste
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts
Sewer Surcharge - Total Suspended Solids (Charge times TSS mg/l less 250 mg/l) 2016 $1.68
Sewer Surcharge - Biochemical Oxygen Demand (Charge times BOD mg/l less 250 mg/l) 2016 $1.81
Private Fire Protection Service
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts
Inside City Limits (ICL) 4" Meter and Below 2016 $274.00
ICL 6" Meter 2016 $378.12
ICL 8" Meter 2016 $460.32
ICL 10" Meter 2016 $531.56
ICL 12" Meter 2016 $635.68
Outslide City Limits (OCL) 4" Meter and Below 2016 $356.20
OCL 6" Meter 2016 $493.20
OCL 8" Meter 2016 $597.32
OCL 10" Meter 2016 $690.48
OCL 12" Meter 2016 $827.48
Resource Protection & Compliance
Fee Name Year of Last Fee Update 2017 Fee Amounts
Well Plugging Inspection Fee 2012 $385.00
Well Drilling Inspection Fee 2012 $445.00