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Covington Water District Reconfigures Facility Charges for 2019

Posted on Jan 4, 2019 in:
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The Covington Water District recently announced the 2019 facility charges related to growth/expansion and new development are going to change—in a good way.

Over the past two years, the district has spent time planning and reconfiguring the district’s future infrastructure needs and, as a result, they have been able to consolidate charges. The district will now charge a single fee based on meter size for any/all types of projects. They will no longer differentiate between land uses. Going forward, the total charge for a 5/8” meter and connection will be $9,634. This results in a savings of $1,069. The new facility charge rates are effective immediately.

While this is good news, some concern has been expressed as the district is now requiring 1” meter and connection fee when a house is sprinklered, even if you only need the flow to pass the bucket test and not for consumptive use.  Per the new fee schedule, this results in an almost 20k connection and meter charge (10k more than the 5/8” fee). We’re seeing this practiced by a few water purveyors, but not all. Your association will be meeting with the district’s GM in the next couple of weeks to get a better understanding of their position and see if we can find a path.

For more information, contact King County Manager Jennifer Anderson, 425.460.8240.

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