Budget Based Rates Made Clear

Encouraging Water Conservation and Financial Stability

Budget based rates are a tool used by water districts across the country because they treat customers fairly while encouraging water conservation and financial stability. Independent financial experts identified water budgets as the best option for East Valley Water District and its ratepayers.

Budget based rate systems allot each family or business enough water to meet their needs efficiently. Customers that use more water than their budgets allow will be charged at a higher rate for their excess use - and a portion of that money will go directly toward funding District conservation programs.

Water budgets are tailored to each customer and take a variety of factors into account to treat all customers fairly while promoting efficient water use. Water budgets also help to encourage habit changes at the tap, which will protect our water supply for future generations.

  1. Budget Tiers

Customized Water Budget

In order to calculate your water budget, EVWD takes several things into account, including property size, landscape area, number of residents, weather and more. This information helps the District accurately determine each customer’s unique water needs. Customers with special circumstances, like medical conditions, will be able to apply to the District for a variance for a larger budget.

• Tier 1, your Indoor Use budget, is charged at the lowest rate and is based on the estimated number of occupants. 

• Tier 2, your Efficient Outdoor budget, is charged at a slightly higher rate. This tier budget changes with the weather, increasing during warmer months and decreasing with cooler months.

 • Tier 3 is water used above your monthly budget from Tiers 1 and 2 and is considered inefficient water use. This tier is charged at the highest rate. 

EVWD is a not-for-profit public agency and is required by law to only charge its customers the costs associated with providing services. This rate structure has been designed so that the District is not dependent on Tier 3 revenue for operational stability. Beyond the actual cost of delivering Tier 3 water, revenue from this tier is used to expand water conservation programs and improve system efficiencies so that we may continue to deliver reliable services.

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