Favorable decision from Arizona Corporation Commission regarding wastewater deconsolidation

Date Modified: Wed, 01/20/2016 - 10:47am

*This article has been posted for historical reference

In May 2012, after nearly two years of a dedicated effort from the Anthem community, Council Staff and Board, the Water Rate Case Panel and ACC attorneys, the water/wastewater rate case concluded with a favorable decision from the Arizona Corporation Commission in the wastewater deconsolidation portion of the case.

On December 15, 2010, the Commission approved a water rate increase of approximately 73% for Anthem EPCOR customers (east of I-17; west of I-17 is served by City of Phoenix Water/Wastewater) that was to be phased-in over 3 years starting on January 1, 2011. This compared to a requested immediate increase of over 100%. The Commission also approved an interim 54% increase in our wastewater rates (compared to a request of 81%), subject to a subsequent filing by the company to deconsolidate the Anthem Wastewater District from the Anthem/Agua Fria Wastewater District.

In May 22, 2012, the Commissioners approved the deconsolidation of the Anthem Wastewater District (which, again, serves EPCOR customers on the east side of Anthem). The new rate structure for Anthem customers, when fully implemented, will result in a total estimated savings of $2.4M per year for the community, or roughly 25% (based on the test year 2008 data). The new rates are being phased in over 3 years; the phase-in began January 1, 2013.

January 1, 2013
Water rates increased approximately 7%
Wastewater rates decreased approximately 8%

January 1, 2014
Wastewater rates decreased approximately 8%

January 1, 2015
Wastewater rates will decrease approximately 8%

Please note that the percentage figures are based on AVERAGE customer usage of 9,600 gallons per month, as cited in Decision 72047. Individual increases/decreases may vary due to the graduated rate structure for water consumption (i.e., higher water usage is billed at a higher rate).