Board of Water Supply seeks open feedback on due rate increases

March 29, 2018 - Essential Water

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is looking to lift a H2O rates.

Officials contend a change is required to increase investments in Oahu’s H2O infrastructure, revoke H2O categorical breaks, inspire conservation, yield sufficient appropriation for disaster recovery, and some-more honestly discharge rates and charges among forms of customers.

Rate changes would change by patron type. Click here for a breakdown.

The billing assign now assessed to all business during a prosaic rate is due to turn a monthly patron assign that varies by scale size, to some-more sincerely discharge costs so that business with incomparable meters compensate more.

Single-family residential business (standalone households and duplexes) will see a largest increase. As a group, these business now compensate usually 88 percent of a costs to offer them, withdrawal 12 percent to be subsidized by other rate-payer classes.

Multi-unit residential business (triplexes adult to high-rise complexes) will see smaller increases as rates are practiced over time to discharge their funding to single-family customers.

“I don’t like it, though we know it,” pronounced Kailua proprietor Peter Cross. “But again, we cite any rate hikes be practical even-handedly to single-family homes, blurb condos, resorts, etc.”

Customers with private glow insurance systems will no longer compensate for immaterial H2O use, though instead will compensate a favoured monthly glow scale standby charge.

A new affordability water-use tier will be combined to cover “Essential Needs” for simple H2O uses such as drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene. The tiers are being practiced to inspire conservation.

The due changes are formed on four years of studies, complete analysis, and open input, including BWS’s credentials of a Water Master Plan, a 30-year Infrastructure Investment Plan, and a Long Range Financial Plan. The rate offer reflects submit from a village advisory organisation with illustration via Oahu, meetings with different island interests, as good as mixed patron surveys and concentration groups. 

Prior to adopting a due rates, BWS is reaching out again for extended open ideas and input. “

We’ve been operative on a formulation and technical evaluations to revamp a BWS rate structure for a prolonged time,” remarkable BWS Manager and Chief Engineer Ernest Lau. “We consider we’ve finished a really courteous and consummate job.  All of a income comes from a customers, so we wish to hear from them either we’ve got this right.”

“We’ve listened shrill and transparent that shortening categorical breaks is important,” pronounced BWS Board Chair Bryan Andaya. “While it won’t occur overnight, a revised rates and compared skeleton will put us solidly on that path.  At a same time, we’re holding this event to give business larger control of their H2O bills and be rewarded for their joining to conservation.”

BWS is holding 4 open hearings on a due H2O rate changes, in further to reaching out by a area house system, a village advisory group, and village and county organizations. The locations and dates of open hearings, all of that are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., are:

  • Honolulu: Thursday, Apr 26, Mission Memorial Auditorium, 550 South King Street
  • Kapolei: Monday, May 14, Kapolei Hale, Ground Floor Conference Room, 1000 Uluohia Street
  • Kaneohe: Tuesday, May 15, Benjamin Parker Elementary School Cafeteria, 45-259 Waikalua Road
  • Mililani: Thursday, May 24, Mililani Recreation Center #5, 95-1101 Ainamakua Drive

The open is also speedy to go to a BWS website during
for some-more sum and to share their ideas.

They can call a BWS during (808) 748-5041, email, or send a summary on Twitter during @BWSHonolulu or Facebook during

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