Sewer Capital Rehabilitation Rate Plan

Posted on Jun 28, 2016 in News

Laurens County Water & Sewer Commission (LCWSC) adopted a 4-year Sewer Capital Rehabilitation Rate Plan.  In order to ensure that a sustainable sewer system is available for future generations, this plan will eliminate the need to use limited reserve funds for capital rehabilitation projects as required to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations.  A well maintained, highly functioning wastewater collection and treatment system is required to adequately serve our customers and protect the environment. Ongoing maintenance must be performed to ensure that the LCWSC continually meets these standards. As a non-profit public utility, LCWSC depends solely on your payments to cover the operation and maintenance costs of its wastewater systems. The goals of the rate-making process are to ensure that rates are fair and equitable and generate enough funds to reliably operate and maintain the wastewater systems.

  • Phase I (July 1, 2016): Sewer Collection increase monthly base fee $0.50, and 3% increase in volume fees. Sewer Treatment 4% increase in volume fees.
  • Phase II (July 1, 2017): Sewer Collection increase monthly base fee $0.50, and 3% increase in volume fees. Sewer Treatment 3% increase in volume fees.
  • Phase III (July 1, 2018): Sewer Collection 3% increase in volume fees. Sewer Treatment 3% increase in volume fees.
  • Phase IV (July 1, 2019): Sewer Collection 3% increase in volume fees. Sewer Treatment 3% increase in volume fees.

The projected total increase after 4 years is $4.69 per month, or an average increase of 3.1% over 4 years. This is a very modest rate increase to ensure the sustainability of a sewer system that will be invaluable to future generations of Laurens County.

The table below illustrates each phase and the corresponding monthly bill based on an average usage of 4,100 gallons per month, a typical monthly usage for our customers.

 

  July 2016July 2017July 2018July 2019
Current BillIncrease base fee $0.50,
3% & 4% Increase
Increase base fee $0.50,
3% Increase
3% Increase3% Increase
Average Bill
$36.17$37.65$39.01$39.91$40.86
Sewer Collection Base Fee$8.00$8.50$9.00$9.00$9.00
Sewer Collection Volume Rate$3.34$3.44$3.54$3.65$3.76
Sewer Treatment Volume Rate$3.53$3.67$3.78$3.89$4.01