On January 5th, the Board of Water Supply held a workshop on water rate policy proposals. With the Kalihi Valley neighborhood comprising of a large number of single- and multi-family residences and small businesses, some of the proposals that may have the most impact for this area include:
- Establishment of an “Essential Needs” tier to residential water rates, defined as the lowest tier based on the basic level of indoor use by residential customers (up to 2000 gallons). The proposal also shifts the tiers to reduce the overall rates in the three lowest tiers and increasing rates for water usage over 18,000 gallons.
- Non-residential rates, such as commercial establishments will not have changes to their water rates; however, BWS proposes to change their monthly fee structure to be based on meter size instead of a uniform customer charge, which will raise rates on structures with meters larger than 3⁄4 inches.
The next BWS board meeting is scheduled for January 22nd; please contact BWS at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 748- 5172 if you would like to provide feedback or comments on these water rate changes.