TDPUD OKs water rate increase |

TDPUD OKs water rate increase

Truckee-Donner Public Utility District customers will see their water bills rise approximately $1.90 per month beginning in January, the first water rate increase in three years.

Customers who have commercial accounts can expect an approximate 5 percent increase in their monthly bills, said TDPUD General Manager Peter Holzmeister.

The TDPUD board members unanimously approved the rate increase that will help cover the cost of capital improvements at a board meeting following a public hearing earlier this month. Staff said the PUD has incurred considerable debt to replace portions of the water system that were failing and to expand the capacity of the system to meet the needs of new customers during the past several years. The amount of PUD customers has almost doubled in the last two years, said Holzmeister.

Additional water rate increases may also occur in the future to cover the costs of replacing water lines in Tahoe Donner, which staff said needs to be done in 2000. Work on Tahoe Donner pipelines is estimated to cost $2 million. Work in future years on the pipeline is estimated to cost as much as $8 million.

Electric rates will remain unchanged, and will retain the 11 percent rate reduction enacted in 1998 and 1999.

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