Corolla Light/Monteray Shore/Currituck Club Water & Sewer Rate Increase
On Saturday, October 8, 2011 Dan Scanlon, County Manager Currituck County, presented a PowerPoint presentation to Corolla Light Community Association's Annual Owners Weekend Business Meeting on Currituck Outer Banks Sewer and Water systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Carolina Water Wastewater Service Rates
¾" Meter Base Rate = $55.54
1" Meter Base Rate = $138.85
Per Thousand Gallons = $7.06
Wastewater bills from Carolina Water are directly tied to water usage. After the base rate fee, the wastewater bill adds $7.06 per thousand gallons of metered water usage. Therefore, customers can lower wastewater bills by conserving water usage.
For example, a customer using 5,000 gallons of water, with a 1" meter base rate, would have a wastewater bill of $174.15. But a customer with a monthly water usage of 30,000 gallons would pay a wastewater bill of $350.65.
SOBWS Water Rates
For example, a customer using 5,000 gallons of water would have a water bill of $112.50. But a customer with a monthly water usage of 30,000 gallons would pay a water bill of $345.00.
An effort was made to notify the public before the sale was finalized. Carolina Water Service mailed notifications to their customers announcing the sale of the Corolla water systems to Currituck County. Following the notification, an open public hearing was held May 17, 2011 at the Corolla Library Meeting Room to discuss the pending sale and accept public comment.
This information is recorded with the state. Please see the North Carolina Utilities Commission Docket W-354, Sub 332 at the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
The Mainland Water System uses an average of 5,566 gallons per month per customer. The SOBWS averages 7,240 gallons per month per customer.
months, the average monthly water usage per customer is 13,740 gallons per month. For the remainder of the year, the average monthly water usage per customer is 7,240 gallons per month.
The county encourages water customers to conserve water usage whenever possible throughout the year, but especially in the peak summer months, to take advantage of the lower rate fees per thousand gallons of water usage. Lowering your water usage will lower your SOBWS water bill AND lower your wastewater bill from Carolina Water.
Customers may file a complaint with the North Carolina Utilities Commission's Public Staff at: www.pubstaff.commerce.state.nc.us/
Additional contact information:
NC Utilities Commission Consumer Services
The NC Public Utilities Commission approved a rate that was based on water usage instead of a flat rate. Wastewater customers are now charged a flat rate based on meter size plus $7.06 per thousand gallons based on metered water usage.
The N.C. Utilities Commission determined that Carolina Water Service could charge a higher wastewater rate in Corolla Light and Monteray Shores than it does in other systems across the state. (See question # 16) Prior to this ruling, customers in these service areas enjoyed lower rates for several years because Carolina Water was able spread out its costs among all of its systems in North Carolina.
This increase in wastewater rates reinforces the need for customers to be as efficient as possible with water usage.
Because the Carolina Water Service wastewater system was not sold to Currituck County, customers must still contact Carolina Water Service with any concerns regarding their wastewater bill. Carolina Water can be reached at 800-638-0262.
This information is recorded with the state, and may be viewed by visiting the North Carolina Utility Commission Docket W-354, Sub 327 online document.
This issue was addressed by the N.C. Utilities Commission. On January 9, 2009 NCUC in Docket W-354, Sub 314 under Order Granting Partial Rate Increase and Requiring Customer Notice Item 18:
Because of this determination by the N.C. Utilities Commission, Carolina Water Service is allowed to charge a different wastewater rate in Corolla Light and Monteray Shores than it does in other systems in North Carolina.
This question was posed to the N.C. Utilities Commission Public Staff by Currituck County. Below is the response received from the Utility Commission's public staff:
"Under the uniform rates it wasn't an issue because all CWS customers shared the cost for plant improvements across the board. Indeed it has become an issue, especially now that they finished the plant modifications and transfer of the water system. At the time there was talk of a developer purchasing the plant but it fell through and as you know we were focusing on resolving the water issues in this last case.
The Corolla Light and Monteray Shores benefited from lower rates in the years before 2009 because Carolina Water spread the cost of wastewater collection and treatment to their other systems in the state.
However, with the NCUC ruling of January 9, 2009, Carolina Water now charges a higher wastewater rate in Corolla Light and Monteray Shores than it does in other systems.
Yes, Currituck County objected to the wastewater rate increase imposed by Carolina Water Service upon Corolla Light and Monteray Shores. As stated in Q&A #16, Currituck County Government officials attended the N.C. Utilities
Commission hearing to oppose in person the wastewater rates of Carolina Water. Currituck County has opposed these rates for several years, and the county has been working to improve Carolina Water's wastewater and water service since 1999. The county has an official complaint recorded with the North Carolina Utilities Commission.