A water rate increase has been avoided due to the shrewd purchase of electronic water meters for use in our Corbett Water District system. By purchasing 698 water meters in 2011 from a water system in Washington, we were able to get a scrap value price, saving the District $84,458. These meters will allow the operators to gather reads during inclement weather using electric communicating registers (ECR). The office staff will be able to download and print the bills much faster, and will also be able to notify customers faster if a leak showing high consumption data is recognized during meter reading.
In order for us to get such a deal on these meters, we are having to switch to “Cubic Feet” on the measurement of water consumed for those customers. The rate will still be the same. The old rate is $3.65 per 1,000 gallons of water. Our new rate is still the same, but we will gather the consumption data using cubic feet, so the math is a little different:
There are 7.48 gallons in each cubic foot of water, so 1,000 gallons is equal to 133.69 cubic feet of water (1000 divided by 133.69 = 7.48).
Customers with “Gallon” meters will be billed at the same $3.65 per 1,000 gallons.
Customers with “Cubic Foot” meters will be billed $2.73 per 100 cubic feet. In this way, the rate is the same for both types of meters,
Customer #1 used 1,000 gallons of water @ $3.65 per 1000 gallons = $3.65
Customer #2 used 133.69 cubic feet (1000 gallons) @$2.73 per 100 cubic feet (CCF) = $3.65
The results are the same; the main difference is that the “cubic foot” measurement is popularly used in the Portland area, while the “gallon” measurement still predominates at the eastern end of the Gorge.
The District felt that the savings of $84,458 in the meter budget and the avoidance of a rate increase in these hard economic times was well worth adapting to the cubic feet vs. gallon measurements. We hope we have explained it thoroughly here, but don’t hesitate to call the office with any questions.