BOARD INFORMATION


The Lower Valley Water District's regular scheduled meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM , but are subject to change.










WATER


The Lower Valley Water District (LVWD) has a successful program in the distribution and maintenance of a reliable supply of high-quality water. The water of the LVWD meets or exceeds all federal, state, and local standards and receives the highest possible "Superior" rating from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
RESIDENTIAL WATER RATES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008

Monthly minimum charges for water service based on the size of a 3/4" meter with a 4 CCF(400 cubic.feet) or (2,992 GALS) volume allowance:
¾” Meter Size - Minimum Monthly Charge:  $8.00
Water usage for single, duplex or, triplex residences in excess of the volume allowance included in the minimum usage shall be billed at the following rates:

Level 1: 4.01-10.00 CCFs $2.40 per CCF $2.40 per 748 GALS
Level 2: 10.01- 50.00 CCFs $2.92 per CCF $2:92 per 748 GALS
Level 3: 50.01 and above $3:44 per CCF $3.44 per 748 GALS

Water Supply Replacement Charge and Storm Management Bill The Lower Valley Water District does-not collect from the users of each and every service connected to the water system a monthly water supply replacement charge and storm water management bill as does the El Paso Water Utilities-Public Service Board.

WATER RATES FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL USERS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008

The charge for the first 4 CCF's (400 cubic feet) of water is included in the minimum charge, which varies by meter size. Water usage in excess of the volume allowance included in the minimum usage shall be billed at the following rates:

Meter Size: Water Minimum
(CCF):
Minimum Charge : Usage Charge Level 1 4.01-10.00 CCFs Usage Charge Level 2 10.01-50.0 CCFs Usage Charge Level 3 50.01 and above CCFs
¾ 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
1" 4 $21.75 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
1 ½" 4 $27.00 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
2" 4 $32.00 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
3" 4 $38:50 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
4" 4 $55.00 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
6" 4 $82.50 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
8" 4 $114.00 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76

Water Supply Replacement Charge and Storm Management Bill
The Lower Valley Water District does not collect a monthly water supply replacement charge and storm water management bill from the users of each and every service connected to the water system.

WATER RATES FOR WATER HAULERSEFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008

The charge for the first 4 CCF's (400 cubic feet) of water is included in the minimum charge, which varies by meter size. Water usage in excess of the volume allowance included in the minimum usage shall be billed at the following rates:

Meter Size: Minimum Charge : Minimum : Leve l 4.01-10.00 CCFs Leve 2 10.01-50.0 CCFs Leve 3 50.01 and above CCFs
¾ 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
1" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
1 ½" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
2" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
3" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
4" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
6" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76
8" 4 $20.65 $2.40 $3.02 $3.76

Water Supply Replacement Charge and Storm Management Bill
The Lower Valley Water District does not collect a monthly water supply replacement charge and storm water management bill from the users of each and every service connected to the water system.





WASTE WATER

Through the financial channels of grants and loans from various funding sources, the LVWD has been able to connect hundreds of customers to the wastewater system. With the completion of the EDAP Phase III project, approximately 19,700 residents have access to wastewater collection services.
*The commodity charge for residential shall be calculated based on 100% of AWC* in excess of the volume allowance included in the minimum charge. The minimum and commodity charge will be set through the following February billing cycle.
Average winter consumption is the 100% of the average amount of water used during the most recent November, January and February billing periods.
NON-RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL SEWER RATES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008
MINIMUM CHARGE FOR SEWER Level 1: 0.00 — 8.00 CCFs $22.75
VOLUME CHARGE IN EXCESS OF 8.00 CCFS: $ 2.40
*The commodity charge for non-residential/commercial will be calculated based on 100% of the monthly water volumetric usage.


Provisional Rate Explanation


* The Lower Valley Water District adopted the Provisional Rate effective October 1, 2018 at the August 23, 2018 Public Hearing.

* The Old Rates and the Provisional Rates breakdown is as follows with no increase in CCF usage:

Old Rates Provisional Rates Total
Water $ 8.00 $ 7.00 $ 15.00
Wastewater $ 22.75 $ 6.00 $ 28.75
Solid Waste $ 17.35 $ 1.00 $ 18.35
Total $ 48.10 $ 14.00 $ 62.10
A rate increase was approved by the Board of Directors in 2006 for 2014 / 2015 but was never implemented.
   *The minimum water rate was to increase to $10 and an 11% increase per CCF. Sewer rates should have increased to
   $25.25 and 10% per CCF, plus $17.35 for Solid Waste, which would total $52.60 minimum in 2015.

The reason for the Provisional Rate was to balance the budget History of operating losses:
   * Fiscal Year 2016 ($33,166)
   * Fiscal Year 2017 ($1.9 million) - unaudited
   * Fiscal Year 2018 ($1.2 million) - unaudited


Operating Losses affect the ability to borrow, cash flow, and the District’s ability to meet bond covenants. This means the Lower Valley Water District may be denied loans for much needed projects because of our operating losses.

This is the Lower Valley Water District’s second rate increase in 30 years and will produce a net income gain of approximately $176,000 which is less that one-percent of our operating budget.

The reason this rate is a provisional rate is because we have to replace our meters as many have resulted in inaccurate readings and are beyond their life cycle. We are asking the Texas Water Development Board for $5 million to accomplish this task. Once the meters are replaced, the provisional rate will be reduced accordingly.

We expect the provisional rate to be in effect for approximately two-years.

To keep rate increases at a minimum, the Lower Valley Water District:
   * Is performing systematic preventative maintenance to the distribution system
   * Is managing delinquencies to include civil action when necessary
   * Is testing and replacing meters
   * Will finance capital improvement projects instead of funding out of its cash reserves.

The District is working toward offering assistance to customers whose income falls 150% below the poverty level, Senior Citizens, and disabled customers in need. We expect to have this service available by February 2019.

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