Two weeks ago the Arizona Corporation Commission accepted Far West Water and Sewer’s request to have sewer rates increase from about 22 dollars a month up to 39 dollars a month.
Six months later the rate will increase once again to nearly 60 dollars a month.
While the initial rate hike was supposed to happen October 1st, that is no longer the case.
While Far West has met most of the requirements needed, there is still one hoop to jump through; they need approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
The department is still in the process of submitting their approval of Far West to the ACC, but until that happens the rates will not go up.
That being said, Ray Jones is a consultant for the company and he is confident all mandates will be met in time for the increases to begin November 1st.
“We expect everything will be fully reviewed and all final approvals will be obtained by the end of October,” says Jones. “We expect it (the increase) will go into full effect November 1st.”
Another question on many Far West customers’ minds is whether seasonal rates will be introduced to accommodate winter visitors.
The answer to that question appears to be no, as the Arizona Corporation Commission does not allow seasonal rates to be a part of any utility companies business plans.
“The policy is based around the concept that the facilities are ready to serve everyone 365 days a year, so everybody needs to pay,” says Jones.