Includes 2% rate increase, plant improvements
The Apache Junction Water District (AJWD) is committed to providing safe and reliable drinking water to our customers. With this commitment comes the responsibility to ensure that infrastructure improvements are made, and that the water system remains financially sustainable.
This year three major improvements to the water system will include:
- A backup power generator to ensure water system reliability during power outages
- A pre-treatment system at the Superstition Area Water Plant to improve water quality
- Emergency roof repairs of a million gallon steel water storage tank to avoid premature failure
Contracts for these three projects were recently approved by the Water District Board of Directors, and work on the steel storage tank is currently underway. Completion of the three projects is anticipated in the early part of 2019.
Under the budget approved June 19 by the Water District Board, the rates for customers within the city limits will increase approximately 2 percent, which translates to a bill increase of less than $1.20 a month for the average customer using less than 7,500 gallons per month. Rates for customers living in the county will increase approximately 5 percent, which translates to a bill increase of approximately $3 a month for the average customer using less than 7,500 gallons per month.
The increase is part of the annual budget and rate setting process, which includes reviewing operating expenses and equipment replacement costs, leading to the rate adjustment. The rate schedule is available online at www.ajwaterdistrict.org, or upon request. The new rates will go into effect October 1.
The Apache Junction Water District makes every effort to minimize rate adjustments. We care about the potential impact this may have on our customers. The approach we have taken is reasonable, sensible and responsible.
For more information, you can reach the Apache Junction Water District at 480-982-6030.