CASPER, Wyo. — Residents of Casper should expect to see increases to the city’s water and sewer fees beginning in 2020.
The city council approved adjustments to such fee schedules during their Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting.
Retail water service rates will increase 2% beginning in 2020, and an additional 3% in 2021.
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The city says that the average residential customer uses 11,500 gallons of water per month in Casper.
Prior to the rate increases, the retail water minimum charge is $8.05 with a minimum usage volume of 1,500 gallons. The minimum usage volume will remain unchanged, but the minimum charge will be hiked to $8.21 in 2020 and $8.46 in 2021.
The charge for each 1,000 gallons beyond the minimum is currently $3.78. That will increase to $3.86 in 2020 and $3.98 in 2021.
The city says these changes would amount to about a $0.92 increase to the average monthly customer’s bill in 2020 and a $1.40 increase in 2021.
Retail sewer service rates will increase 6% in 2020 and an additional 6% in 2021.
Sewer service charges go into effect after the minimum usage volume of 2,000 gallons per month is reached. That amount will remain unchanged.
The minimum charge will increase from the current $8.69 per month to $9.21 per month in 2020 and to $9.76 per month in 2021.
The volume rate for each additional $1,000 gallons would increase from $3.53 to $3.74 in 2020. That would jump to $3.97 per thousand gallons in 2021.
Wholesale water rates and outside-city retail water rates will also be hiked starting in January.
Wholesale rates will increase from $2.13 per thousand gallons to $2.34 per thousand gallons in 2020 and to $2.55 in 2021.
Outside-city retail water rates will retain their minimum usage volume of $1,500 gallons per month. The charge once this minimum volume is met will increase from $9.98 to $10.30 in 2020 and $10.54 in 2021.
The charge per 1,000 gallons beyond the minimum volume will be increased from $5.08 to $5.34 in 2020 and to $5.50 in 2021.
Full details about the rate changes can be accessed in the city council’s work packet.