The City's cost for water purchased from Harpeth Valley has increased from $2.18 to $2.36, or $0.18 per 1,000 gallons effective with bills received on or after January 21, 2013. For the average residential water customer using 7,000 gallons monthly, the monthly surcharge on the water bill has increased from $3.29 to $4.55, or $1.26 per month. The actual amount that each customer pays is determined by their monthly water consumption. You can lower this cost to both you and the City by instituting measures to conserve the use of water.
As reference, below is information on the establishment of the water surcharge from 2010.
As you may be aware, the City of Brentwood has no natural water source and is required to purchase water from two wholesale providers – the Harpeth Valley Utilities District (HVUD) and Metro Nashville Water Services. The current cost to the City for purchasing water from HVUD is $1.71 per 1,000 gallons and $2.18 per 1,000 gallons from Metro Nashville. To keep costs down, the majority of our water is purchased from HVUD.
Effective January 2010, the City of Brentwood will be required to pay HVUD $1.86 per 1,000 gallons of water purchased. This increase is primarily the result of capital improvements undertaken to expand the capacity of their water treatment plant at the Cumberland River and transport water to our meter points located approximately 10 miles from the plant. These improvements are needed to meet the long-term water needs of the City so we can adequately meet the peak summer water demand from our retail water customers while meeting increasingly-stringent water quality standards.
To pay for the additional cost, a “Water Surcharge” of $0.15 per 1,000 gallons has been added to each customer’s water bill effective with the bills due on and after February 7, 2010. This surcharge applies to 7,750 residential dwellings and 500 commercial/institution users in Brentwood that receive water service from the City. Base City water and sewer rates will not be affected by the water surcharge.
For the typical residential water customer using 7,000 gallons per month (average), the surcharge will add $ 1.05 per month to the water bill. The surcharge for each customer will be higher or lower each month depending on the amount of water used. The cost of water is also subject to payment of sales tax to the State of Tennessee.
We have no choice but to pass on this additional wholesale water cost to our customers. Water and sewer operations by law must be funded by charges to users and not by tax dollars. State law also requires the utility to operate in a sound financial position and avoid losses.
The water surcharge ensures that each customer pays only for the additional cost to the City for the water consumed by the customer. You can lower this expense to you and the City by instituting measures that help conserve the use of water at your residence or business. For information on water conservation tips to consider, please visit the City of Brentwood - Water and Sewer Department web page at www.brentwood-tn.org/water.