AN EXPLANATION OF PURPOSE & RATES

The Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) is the local provider of comprehensive wastewater services for Owensboro and Daviess County.

RWRA’s goal is to provide quality service at a reasonable price to its customers.  RWRA’s focus has been to evaluate and characterize the existing system in order to establish priorities for operation and maintenance.  Efforts have also included the improvement of environmental conditions within the community by reducing combined sewer overflows and by systematically eliminating package wastewater treatment plants and failing septic systems.

RATES

RWRA’s rates are established upon the recommendation of the RWRA Board of Directors by a majority vote.  Any and all rate changes are approved or disapproved by the Rate Review Board.  The Rate Review Board is comprised of the members of the Owensboro City Commission and Daviess County Fiscal Court sitting as a single body, solely for the purpose of approving or disapproving any and all rate changes. The Rate Review Board does not have the authority to initiate rate changes.

The Rate Review Board Members are:

Tom Watson – Mayor, City of Owensboro
Bob Glenn City Commissioner/Mayor Pro-Tem
Pam Smith-Wright  – City Commissioner
Jay Velotta – City Commissioner
Larry Conder – City Commissioner

Al Mattingly – Daviess County Judge-Executive
Charlie Castlen – Deputy Judge-Executive/County Commissioner
George Wathen – County Commissioner
Mike Koger – County Commissioner


Customer Service Charge
All RWRA customers will be charged a monthly Customer Service Charge of $14.05 which will be based on meter size.  The following is a schedule of values to be charged based on corresponding meter size:

5/8” Meter = $14.05

1” Meter = $14.05

1 ½” Meter = $31.61

2” Meter = $56.20

3” Meter = $126.45

For a full list of meter sizes and corresponding Customer Service Charges, see Rate Ordinance page on this website.


Wastewater User Charge
The Wastewater User Charge will increase to $4.39 per 1,000 gallons of usage or $3.284 per 100 cubic feet of usage.  (1 cubic foot = 7.48 gallons)

Environmental Improvement Fee/ Charges
All RWRA customers will be charged an Environmental Improvement Fee of $5.15 per customer.  Non-residential customers that have a monthly use above 15,000 gallons will be charged an additional $.35 per 1,000 gallons above the 15,000 gallons of usage.

Capacity Fee

All RWRA customers will be charged a monthly Capacity Fee which will be based on meter size.  The following is a schedule of values to be charged based on corresponding meter size:

5/8” Meter = $0.53

1” Meter = $0.53

1 ½” Meter = $1.19

2” Meter = $2.12

3” Meter = $4.77

For a full list of meter sizes and corresponding Customer Service Charges, see Rate Ordinance page on this website.

System Development Fee
When the RWRA system is modified (i.e., line extension, lift station upgrade, etc.) to accept flow from new customers, a “System Development Fee” will be assessed to those customers.  The current system development fee is $2,178.00 ($13.78 per month) for all new customers.  Properties that have multiple ERUs would have a calculated System Development Fee based on the calculated ERU value.

Assessment Fee
When the extension of service requires the construction of collection sewers within a neighborhood or area, the associated cost of the extension is pro-rated and apportioned to the served properties.  The project costs vary between projects.  Existing property owners, within newly served areas, have the option to finance the assessment fees on their monthly bill or pay the full amount in advance.

Examples of calculation for residential user:

Bill that includes Monthly Assessment Charge:

Customer Service Charge                        $  14.05
Average Wastewater User Charge                18.44
Capacity Fee                                                  .53
System Development Fee                            13.78
Assessment (Monthly Finance Charge)          45.00*
Environmental Improvement Fee                    5.15

Total Monthly Bill                              $      96.95

(* Based on approximately 4,200 gallons (or 561 cubic feet) of usage.


Bill that does NOT include Monthly Assessment Charge:

Customer Service Charge                        $   14.05
Average Wastewater User Charge                 18.44
Capacity Fee                                                   .53
System Development Fee                             13.78
Environmental Improvement Fee                    5.15

Total Monthly Bill                              $       51.95

(* Based on approximately 4,200 gallons (or 561 cubic feet) of usage.

NOTE:   The monthly amounts for System Development and Assessment fees will be removed from customer billing once all fees are paid off.

Commercial/Industrial Surcharge Fees

Commercial/Industrial customers with high-strength waste above the RWRA discharge limits will be assessed “surcharges” to offset the additional cost of treatment.  Current charges are $.220 per pound of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) and $.212 per pound of Total Suspended Solids (TSS)  for strength exceeding 265 mg/l.  Also, for all customers with Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) with any amounts above 100 mg/l, the charge will be $.221 per pound.


    
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