Lake Havasu City Winter Water Consumption Averaging to Determine Monthly Sewer Charge from May 2018 to April 2019

For those residences that do not have an irrigation meter or do not have an account in which the monthly sewer charge varies with monthly water use, winter water use averaging is implemented to calculate a fixed monthly sewer charge for that customer.

Beginning in the late fall of each year, typically November, domestic water consumption is monitored over a four month period. Water meters will be read for winter water averaging starting in mid-November to early December, depending on which water meter reading zone you live in. There are four zones and they are expressed as cycles 1 through 4 (please see the table with the map).The month with the highest consumption is not included with the three other months averaged together.

Those three months are averaged and that result is compared with a sewer monthly rate structure. For residential water use, the base sewer charge is $41.00 if the averaged water use amount is 562 cubic feet or less. The monthly charge increases $7.30 for every additional 100 cubic feet of use.

The current rate structure for all water user types can be found here.

The new sewer charges that apply to your water/sewer/trash bill will begin with the May 2018 mailing and will continue until April 2019. Please note that the sewer rates given above have not changed in several years.

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Your new monthly sewer charge will begin with the May billing.

Example for start and end dates:

  • If you are in cycle 3, then winter water averaging starts when your water meter is read sometime between November 27th and November 30th.
  • The last day of winter water averaging for cycle 3 is when your meter is read sometime between March 26th and March 29th.

Please note when your water bill is received in the mail, that you are already about half way into the next cycle (month) of averaging.

This means that if you have high water usage in the first month, that you may also be using that much half-way into the next cycle.

To avoid extended high water usage, a good idea is to check your water meter, check for leaks, check the irrigation timer so that it is set for minimal usage during the winter, and cover your pool to minimize evaporation.

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