Woodinville Water District is happy to announce that we will be issuing a rebate to over 12,500 residential customers early next year. In 2013 we implemented a new and simplified winter and summer rate structure for residential customers. Included in this new rate structure was a modest 0.3 cents per gallon Excess Capacity Charge (ECC) for heavy water use above the average customer usage.
The ECC was developed to allow for rate stability in the years with wet summers when very little water is sold or used — like 2011 and 2012 where we did not have much of a summer at all.
However, this summer we were blessed with beautiful sunny weather and one of the dryer summers in recent times and more funds were generated by the ECC than we anticipated.
At the November 19th board meeting, the Board of Commissioners — Ed Cebron, Rick Chatterton, Paj Hwang, Sandy Smith, and Karen Steeb — voted to use some of these funds to replenish our Rate Stabilization Fund and some of the funds to be shared back to our customers via a rebate. Although this is not something that can happen every year, the board is excited to be able to provide customers with a credit on their first bill in 2014.
Our goal at the Woodinville Water District is to provide customers with safe and reliable service with responsible rates.
The board members are pleased to show their commitment both to prudent financial management and to limiting our charges to truly necessary levels.
This rebate is a token of our commitment to these efforts and in appreciation of our customers.