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Water rates head up

Cliff Thompson

Increased rates were enacted Jan. 1 by the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, with substantial increases in store for those planning to build new homes, especially large homes.

“In continuing our philosophy of having growth pay for growth, we are reviewing our rates to make sure they reflect the impacts on our systems,” sad water authority chairman Bob Warner.

The rate increases are aimed at charging more for larger homes and having new development shoulder the expense of new water and wastewater treatment facilities, said Warner.

The standard drinking water charge will increase 2 percent, from $12.92 to $13.81, and the rate per 1,000 gallons will increase 2 percent from $2.74 to $2.80.

But if you’re looking to build a new home, new fees enacted Jan. 1 are just a harbinger of what will be a bigger increase, scheduled to be enacted later this year.

“We will be approaching the districts (Eagle-Vail, Beaver Creek, Arrowhead, Berry Creek and Edwards metro districts) with a substantial increase in the plant investment fee (tap fee) a little later this winter,” said Warner.

That increase will be subject to approval of the districts before it is enacted, Warner said.

Tap fees for new development increased 2.2 percent, with incremental rates for buildings larger than 2,500 square feet. Residential buildings 2,500 square feet or smaller will be charged $564. Dwellings of 2,500 square feet will be charged 62 cents per square foot with a minimum charge of $654; 92 cents per square foot for 2,501 square-feet to 3,500; $1.22 per square-foot for dwellings 3,501 square-feet to 5,000 square feet and $1.53 for dwellings 5,001 square feet and larger.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555 ext 450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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