We appreciate all of the voluntary responses we received for the 2017 AE2S Nexus Annual Utility Rate Survey. The Survey booklets have been distributed to all participants. We hope that the results are useful to systems throughout the region as budgets are finalized and 2018 rates are set, by providing a regional measure of benchmarking themselves against similar systems and/or the system next door.
The Utility Rate Survey booklet contains charts of water, wastewater, and stormwater rates, as well as a Total Utility Bill (water, wastewater, and stormwater). Because each community faces different challenges, it is often useful to look at the combined utility rate when comparing the cost of utility service between communities.
The values reported in the following tables illustrate the monthly residential charge for a bill equating to 6,000 gallons of water and corresponding wastewater usage, as well as a stormwater charge, for systems serving less than 5,000 people. Figures 1 through 6 represent the reported results for communities serving less than 5,000 people in alphabetical order, by State. Figure 7 illustrates the reported charges for 6,000 gallons of residential water service per month for the regional system respondents.
Figure 1: Reported 2017 Total Utility Bills for 6,000 gallons – Minnesota Systems Serving Less Than 5,000
Figure 2: Reported 2017 Utility Bills for 6,000 Gallons – Montana Systems Serving Less Then 5,000
Figure 3: Reported 2017 Total Utility Bill for 6,000 Gallons – North Dakota Systems Serving Less Than 5,000
Figure 4: Reported 2017 Total Utility Bill for 6,000 – South Dakota Systems Serving Less Than 5,000
Figure 5: Reported 2017 Total Utility Bill for 6,000 Gallons – Utah Systems Serving Less Than 5,000
Figure 6: Reported 2017 Total Utility Bill for 6,000 Gallons – Wyoming Systems Serving Less Than 5,000
Figure 7: Reported 2017 Regional Water System Charges for 6,000 Gallons
AE2S Nexus received survey responses from 107 systems serving 5,000 or less and 49 regional water systems. Substantial efforts were taken to report accurate data. Although verification efforts were completed, in some instances data may not have been provided in full or fully verified. We hope you find the survey results useful to your community or regional system as you evaluate your utility rates and plan for the future. If you have any questions related to the 2017 Annual Utility Rate Survey, please contact Miranda Kleven at 701-746-8087 or Miranda.Kleven@AE2S.com.