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Utility Rates




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Electric Base Charge – This charge helps to cover the fixed costs of the city’s power company, such as making the services available upon demand, electrical infrastructure, meter reading & auditing, billing, customer service & maintenance of electrical services.

Electric Consumption – KWH charge is based on electricity usage and covers the costs to purchase and/or generate power along with other overhead costs. Various sized meters will have multipliers added to the meter to monitor usage. Your typical residential meter has a multiplier of one, meaning you take the usage figure and times it by the multiplier to get the total kWh’s used for the billing cycle.

Demand Charge – Demand Charge is based upon the highest peak kW electrical power use for a 15-minute period during the billing period. Commercial accounts only, residential customers do not pay a demand. The first 5 kWh of demand is not charged to the customer.

 

Residential Power Service:

 

This rate schedule applies to all residential electric service used for domestic purposes on the premises of any individual private residence, apartment, or dwelling and measured by a single meter at approximately 110 or 240 volts, 60 cycles. The shared areas (club house, pools, and so forth) of residential developments will be considered residential service if the area is exclusively used by owners/residents of the shared area and if the total connected load for the shared area does not exceed 30 kW.

 

 

Small General Power Service:

This rate schedule is for single or three-phase non-residential service supplied at the Department's available voltage through a single meter for all service required on the Customer's premises with a power requirement that is less than 50kW or 10,000 kWh during anyone (1) month of the prior twelve (12) month period. Customers subject to this rate schedule who fail to qualify under the above condition shall be classified as Large General Service regardless of the period of time during which they qualified under this schedule. Customers otherwise subject to this rate who fail to qualify under the above conditions shall remain on the Large General Service schedule until the next regular review of accounts is completed.

 

 

NOTE: If an external commercial and or temporary construction use is not going to exceed 5 kW in demand, the city will not require a demand meter be placed. This exception is only for services that serve signs, lighting, irrigation timers and miscellaneous outdoor needs and will be approved by Water & Power Engineering.

Power Factor Adjustment: If the customer power factor is found to be less than 95 percent, the customer will be penalized 1 percent of the overall billing for each 1 percent below the 95 percent power factor.

 

Large General Power Service:

 

This rate schedule is for single or three-phase non-residential service supplied at the Department's available voltage through a single meter for all service required on the Customer's premises by Customers with a power requirement of greater than 50 kW or 10,000 kWh during anyone (1) month of the prior twelve (12) month period. (It is also applicable to any customer who fails to qualify for Small General Service until the next regular review of accounts is completed.)

 

 

Character of service: Alternating current; 60 cycles; single phase 120/240 volts; three-phase 120/208 volts, and other voltages upon permission of the City as specified in service policies and regulations.

Power Factor Adjustment: If the customer power factor is found to be less than 95 percent, the customer will be penalized 1 percent of the overall billing for each 1 percent below the 95 percent power factor. 

 

Agricultural General Power Service:

 

This schedule is for three-phase non-residential service to water pumps that supply water to agricultural projects.

 

 

Other Power Service:

Temporary Power Service: Temporary power will be charge at the Small General Service Rate.

 

Service Outside City Limits: Electric service fees/rates for those connected to the City Electric System, but living outside the City of St. George incorporated area will be higher than the rates paid by those inside the incorporated area of the city, as determined from time by the City Council.

 

 




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General Water Service Rate:

Water Base fee – Base fee helps to cover the fixed costs to the city’s water company, such as pumps, storage facilities, and distribution system. It covers the water system (city’s water pipelines and distribution of water) to the city’s customers.

Water Consumption – Accounts for the water used and is added on top of the Water Base Fee. The city has a tiered water rate system, which increases in cost the more water that is used. Various sized meters will have multipliers added to the meter to track the consumption. Your typical ¾” residential water meter has a multiplier of ten, meaning you take the consumption usage figure and times it by the multiplier to get the total gallons used for the billing-cycle.

The Washington County Water Conservancy District passed a 10 cents per 1,000-gallon water rate increase effective July 1, 2022. This increase has been built into the newly adopted tiered water rate structure. This new tiered water rate structure was adopted in part to encourage water conservation, but at the same time keeping rates competitive for indoor water use.

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The Secondary Irrigation rate is only available on the non-culinary (non-potable) water consumption. The fee is 60% of the culinary water costs as shown above. Secondary Irrigation Water is treated reused culinary or untreated well water that is intended only to be used for outdoor water needs. The secondary irrigation water is currently only available in certain parts of the city, but the city is working to get the secondary water supply were ever graphically it is feasible.

 

The Wastewater charge is a flat fee for residential customers for the maintaining of the wastewater collection and regional treatment system of the city’s water company.

 

Residential garbage service is a Washington County Solid Waste District (WCSWD) service, which the city has been contracted to collect the fees for garbage services and remitted the fees to the WCSWD. This fee covers two (2) garbage container per household. Additional containers can be obtained through the www.wcsw.org for a fee billed directly to the customer by the WCSWD.

 

Residential curbside recycling (BluCan) service is a Washington County Solid Waste District (WCSWD) service, which the city has been contracted to collect the fees for curbside recycling services and remitted the fees to the WCSWD. This fee covers one (1) recycling container per household. Additional containers can be obtained through the www.wcsw.org for a fee billed directly to the customer by the WCSWD.

 

Fee for maintaining and improving the City’s storm drain system (handling of storm water and runoff in the city.) It is federal mandate which now requires cities as large as St. George to have a system in place to manage this type of runoff. The storm drainage fee is charge per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU). A resident unit is equivalent to one household. The fee goes to operating, improving, and maintaining the city’s storm water drainage systems.

 

The WCWCD Surcharge Fee is collected by the city and remitted to Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD). Pays for regional water system (pipelines, water treatment and distribution of water) to the city. The surcharge is imposed for each water meter that provides services in the city. This requirement is a result of the city signing a Regional Water Supply Agreement with the WCWCD.

 

Fee is collected by the city and remitted to Washington County Flood Control Authority for maintaining and improving the regional drainage and river restoration projects. Flood Control Authority plans, mitigates, and funds regional water way flood control projects within St George, Washington, Santa Clara, and Washington County.