Peak Use Charges
The Peak Use Charge is used to recover the costs of
constructing the facilities required to meet peak capacity demands.
Only those customers whose quarterly water usage patterns place
peak capacity demands on the water system are subject to the Peak
Peak Use Charges apply to summer water use exceeding
the greater of 1.3 times Winter Quarter Consumption or 6,000 gallons
above Winter Quarter Consumption. Only two of the four quarterly
bills Authority customers receive each year are subject to Peak
Use—those based on meter readings taken in the months of June
through November. Peak Use is billed at a rate of $3.45 per 1,000
gallons. This is in addition to the Water Usage Charge ($2.29 per
1,000 gallons) which applies to all consumption.
Winter Quarter Consumption, which appears on all bills
and is updated each June 1st, serves as the basis for calculating
the Peak Use Charge. Winter Quarter Consumption is based on consumption
during the quarterly billing period ending in February, March or
April of each year.