FORT WRIGHT, Ky. – The Sanitation District No. 1 Board of Directors voted unanimously today to lower the utility’s storm water rates while moving forward with the third year of a four-year sanitary sewer rate realignment.
“SD1 has taken significant steps to reduce the costs associated with both storm water and wastewater management,” said SD1 Executive Director Adam Chaney. “We keep our customers at the center of every spending decision, and a number of cost-cutting measures implemented over the past several years have allowed us to become much more efficient with ratepayer dollars.”
The monthly storm water fee for residential customers within SD1’s storm water service area will decrease by 10 percent, from $5.04 to $4.54 beginning July 1, and the utility will move forward with year three of a four-year sanitary sewer rate restructure.
In 2019, the county fiscal courts approved a new residential sanitary sewer rate structure aimed at limiting the effects of declining water usage on SD1 revenues and aligning sewer rates more closely with the actual cost of providing service.
In accordance with that plan, SD1 charges a base rate for the first 2 hundred cubic feet (HCF) of wastewater treated, and a variable rate for each additional HCF of wastewater treated. Under the four-year plan, as the base rate increases, the variable rate decreases.
In July, the base rate will increase from $19 to $23 per month and the environmental surcharge, which helps fund SD1’s Clean H2O40 amended consent decree sewer overflow mitigation program, will increase from $6 per month to $7 per month. The environmental surcharge will go away upon the successful completion of the Clean H2O40 mitigation program.
To offset the increase in these fixed rates, the variable rate will decrease from $6.05 to $5.24 per HCF. The sanitary sewer rate realignment is anticipated to result in a five percent revenue increase needed to fund the obligations of SD1’s nearly $1 billion long-term capital program.
Depending on the total volume of water used, individual sanitary sewer rate payers may see their bills increase or decrease, while all storm water customers will see their storm water bills go down.
The SD1 rates will now go to the Boone, Campbell and Kenton county judges executive for approval on May 21 at 3 p.m., at SD1’s main office (1045 Eaton Drive, Ft. Wright). The proposed changes would take effect on July 1 and be reflected on August bills.
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SD1 is responsible for the collection and treatment of northern Kentucky’s wastewater and also serves as the regional storm water management agency. SD1 is the second largest public sewer utility in Kentucky, serving more than 312,000 residents throughout Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties. SD1 maintains approximately 1,662 miles of sanitary-sewer system pipeline, 124 wastewater pumping stations, 15 flood pump stations, seven package treatment plants, three major wastewater treatment plants, 428 miles of storm-sewer system and 32,728 storm-sewer structures.