How We Calculate Your Water Bill
Meridian Service Metropolitan District provides domestic water to the Meridian Ranch Community using a tiered billing schedule. Water rates are based on the quantity of water used, which encourages conservation of water and a more reliable supply for the community.
Generally, here’s how they work. If you are like most people in the area and are water efficient (i.e. don’t overwater your lawn, fix water leaks, use some Xeriscape principles, shut off irrigation during wet periods), you will pay less per gallon for water than those who use excessive amounts or are not as water-efficient. While the majority of the District’s customers DO use water responsibly, those using very high amounts of water will pay more per gallon than those using average water levels.
By staying within the first and second tiers (average household water usage), you can save money by being water efficient. And isn’t that always welcomed during these challenging economic times? For 2023, every month all households are charged a Water Resource Fee of $37.83 (capital funds, which are used to build & maintain elements of the water system like wells, pipes and pumps) and a Water Use Fee of $19.77 (which supports regular operations of the water delivery system). That’s normal. What’s unusual is that our basic water fees include up to 5,000 gallons of water. Charges for water usage over 5,000 gallons will incrementally increase per the Tier rates listed below.
Here’s how the tiers break down:
Tier 1: Up to 5,000 gallons of water usage per month. Your total fee for the month for up to 5,000 gallons of water, the Water Resource fee, and the Water Use fee would be $57.60.
Tier 2: 5,001 to 10,000 gallons of water per month. $5.21 per thousand gallons over 5,000 gallons, plus the $57.60.
Tier 3: 10,001 to 15,000 gallons of water per month. $6.08 per thousand gallons over 10,000 gallons, in addition to the lower tier rates.
Tier 4: 15,001 to 20,000 gallons of water per month. $8.39 per thousand gallons, over 15,000 gallons, in addition to the lower tier rates.
Tier 5: 20,001 to 30,000 gallons of water per month. $22.57 per thousand gallons, over 20,000 gallons, in addition to the lower tier rates.
Tier 6: Over 30,001 gallons of water per month. Ouch! $27.20 per thousand gallons, in addition to the lower tier rates.
How to Read Your Meter
Locate your water meter in the basement of your home. Make a note of the meter reading. If the water flow indicator is moving, there is water moving through the meter. That means water is being used within the home. Now turn off all your water fixtures in and around your home, and don't use any water for an hour. Then go back and check the reading on the meter, if it has changed, you have a leak!
These rates were approved by the Board of Directors at their regular meeting on December 7, 2022 to be effective January 1, 2023 and are subject to change at any time.