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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Water Usage Info can Help Reduce Cost of Monthly Bill

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Winter usage information can help reduce cost of monthly water/sewer bill

If you are a residential sewer customer served by the Town of Prescott Valley, here is some information that could help you reduce the cost of your monthly water/sewer bill.

Each April, the Town of Prescott Valley calculates a new Winter Quarter Average (WQA) which determines your monthly sewer charge for the following year. The WQA is 90 percent of your November to March average water usage.

For example, if your five months’ total water usage (November - March) is 25,000 gallons, the average water usage for this five-month period is 5,000 gallons a month. Ninety percent of that 5,000-gallon average equals 4,500 gallons.

Therefore, 4,500 gallons of sewer usage is the highest sewer volume amount for which you would be charged per month from April until the new winter quarter calculation is figured for the following year.

This calculation acts as a cap for how much you can be billed for sewer service. For example, if you used 8,000 gallons of water, you would be billed only for 4,500 gallons of sewer usage, since that is your established WQA.

But, if you used less than 4,500 gallons of water in a month, you would be billed the corresponding volume amount for your sewer usage equal to the water usage. For example, if your water usage for a given month during the year is 3,000 gallons, the sewer charge would be prorated to 3,000, not the 4,500 gallons calculated on your Winter Quarter Average. Your WQA works in your favor to provide you with the lowest possible sewer charge each month.

Since the WQA is based on water usage between November and March, any reduction in water usage during this time frame will also help reduce your overall water and sewer charges. If you have questions, you can contact the Customer Accounts Division at 928-759-3020 or visit us at the Civic Center, 7501 E. Skoog Blvd.

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