unnamed (11)Lake Havasu City, AZ – Lake Havasu City residents have two options when it comes to their water bill.  They can be billed based on actual consumption or based on an average of consumption during the winter months.  For those who choose to have their bill tied to their winter consumption, the water use averaging period is quickly approaching.  “Residents’ water usage during the next four months will determine water bills for May 2015 through April of 2016,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated.  According to Lake Havasu City officials, water crews will begin averaging residents’ water usage starting November 18th through April 13th.  The three lowest out of the readings will determine one’s sewer rates until the following winter. According to city officials, the water readings are broken down into four cycles.  Where a resident lives will determine what cycle they are in.  For example, a resident living on the corner of Oro Grand and McCulloch Blvd. would be considered in cycle 4.  Their water averaging would start when their water meter is read sometime between December 9th and 12th, and their last day of averaging will be sometime in between April 8th and 13th of 2015.  “The way the averaging works is the three lowest months are averaged and compared to the city’s sewer monthly rate structure,” Johnson explained.  According to the rate structure, the base sewer charge is $41 if the averaged water use amount is 562 cubic feet or less.  “The monthly charge will increase $7.30 for every additional 100 cubic feet of use,” Johnson continued. Lake Havasu residents are urged to conserve water during this time in order to keep their bill low.  Below are a few tips to help conserve:

  • Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.  If washing by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load and wash dark clothes in cold water.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and save up to 150 gallons per month.
  • One drip every second will add up to five gallons per day! Check faucets and showerheads for leaks.
  • Adjust your watering schedule each month to match seasonal weather conditions and landscape requirements.
  • Use a pool cover to help keep your pool clean, reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through evaporation.

A table showing the start and end meter read dates for each cycle for each month within the water averaging period for Lake Havasu residents can be found here:
http://havasuwatersavers.org/images_2014/winter_water_consumption_averaging_2014.pdf   The current rate structure for all water user types can be found at:http://www.lhcaz.gov/brochures/finance/sewerChargesBrochureEnglish.pdf