By June 14, 2017

Anthem East Wastewater Rates to Fall

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EPCOR’s wastewater treatment plant in Anthem, looking north (Daisy Mountain Drive is in the foreground; Boulder Creek High School ball fields are at the top). Photo by Bob Copen

By Robert Roy Britt — The Arizona Corporation Commission voted yesterday (June 13) to allow EPCOR to consolidate its five Arizona wastewater districts into one, which will result in lower bills for most east-side Anthem residents — about 35 percent lower on average for the wastewater portion of the bill.

The average Anthem EPCOR customer currently pays $60.33 per month for wastewater service based on 7,000 gallons of water use, said company spokesperson Rebecca Stenholm. The new flat rate, once fully phased in after five years, will be no more than $38.98 for all EPCOR customers in the state.

(Anthem residents west of I-17 are served by the City of Phoenix for both water and wastewater.)

Rates for intervening phase-in years were not yet calculated as of this writing, and the final rate has not been set, but it won’t exceed $38.98, said Shawn Bradford, EPCOR VP of corporate services. Some low-water users in Anthem could see an increase, Bradford told In&Out, but “it would be a very small number” of customers and he won’t know how many until the final math is done.

[Below: EPCOR will hold a public meeting Aug. 1 in Anthem to discuss the details.]

EPCOR sought consolidation to spread system upkeep costs across a larger number of customers, to ease billing and customer care efforts, and to reduce the number of expensive rate-case processes from five to one in any possible future scenarios. Other options that had been considered: Keep all five EPCOR wastewater districts as they are; or break them into seven districts based on treatment facility (deconsolidation).

Consolidation will lower wastewater bills for the Agua Fria and Mohave districts, too. The new rate will be an increase for Sun City and Sun City West.

Water rates are not affected by this consolidation.

Water Consolidation Case Coming

EPCOR must now file a plan by July 2018 to consolidate water districts, to create similar economies of scale. “I would think Anthem customers would benefit” through lower water rates, Bradford said, but “we haven’t fully analyzed it yet.”

Public Meeting

EPCOR will explain the new rates in detail in a public meeting:

5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1
Civic Building
3701 W. Anthem Way


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