Water costs in Marana are set to rise this month.
On Tuesday, Feb. 24, the Marana Town Council unanimously voted to increase water rates by 8 percent, starting Monday, March 23, and by an additional 4 percent in January 2010.
The new ordinance states that “the revision of the water base fees and consumption rates is necessary for a self-sustaining water utility and is in the best interests of the Town of Marana.”
The increase will give Marana’s fledgling water utility the money it needs to begin operations before acquiring additional water and wastewater assets, town officials say.
Currently, the utility supplements water fees from customers with money from the town’s general fund.
An 8-percent increase means typical residential customers, who use between 7,000 gallons and 10,000 gallons per month, will pay $29.05 to $36.02 — an increase of $2.15 to $2.67.
In Oro Valley, residents who use 7,000 gallons per month pay $33.02.
Metro Water customers who use 7,000 gallons pay $30.27.
Tucson Water’s residential customers (households that use between 7,480 gallons and 11,220 gallons or less), pay $25.87 to $32.67 per month.
Marana water customers pay monthly rates based on the size of their meters and the amount of water they use.
MONTHLY BASE FEE
5/8-by-3/4-inch meter: $15.12
1-inch meter (fire): $15.12
1-inch meter: $36.72
11/2-inch meter: $39.96
2-inch meter: $46.44
3-inch meter: $62.64
4-inch meter: $110.16
5-inch meter: $164.16
6-inch meter: $218.16
RATE PER 1,000 GALLONS
Over 40,000: $7.45
• Source: Town officials