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Joe Stump, P.E., Utilities Manager
Joe.Stump@co.yakima.wa.us

Office Hours: M - F, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Accounting Office: 574-2290
Engineering Office: 574-2300

Water System Rates

Water Connection Permit Charges

A water connection permit charge must be paid to the County prior to installing a new connection. Charges are payable at the time an Application for Water or Wastewater Service is submitted to the County. The water connection permit charge does not cover the actual cost to install the service connection. The individual requesting the connection is also responsible for the cost to install the service connection. The connection permit charge is in accordance with the following schedule:

Meter Size
Buena Water System
Connection Permit Charge

¾”
1"
1½”
2”
3”
4”

$2500.00
$2790.00
$4000.00
$5670.00
$9,670.00
$13,330.00

Meter Size
Terrace Heights Water System
Connection Permit Charge

¾”
1"
1½”
2”
3”
4”
6”
8”
10”

$2,500.00
$2,790.00
$4,000.00
$5,670.00
$9,670.00
$13,330.00
$26,990.00
$40,480.00
$53,970.00
Meter Size
Gala Estates Water System
Connection Permit Charge
¾”
1"
1½”
2”
$4,000.00
$4,460.00
$6,600.00
$9,060.00

Monthly Charges

Yakima County water system customers are billed on a monthly basis. A typical monthly water bill includes a Ready to Serve Charge and a Water Consumption Charge. Ready to Serve Charges vary from system to system and are based on meter size. Other charges that may be included on a customer’s water bills include Fire Protection Service Charges, late fees, or backflow assembly testing charges.

Smaller satellite water systems are billed a flat rate. A consumption charge is not applied to the bills on these systems.

Ready to Serve Charges: The minimum monthly Ready to Serve Charge for the County’s systems are as follows:

Meter Size

Buena Water System
Monthly Ready to Serve Charge

¾”
1”
1½"
2”
3”
4”

$10.30
$17.60
$37.20
$61.30
$138.00
$243.00

Meter Size

Terrace Heights Water System
Monthly Ready to Serve Charge

¾”
1"
1½”
2”
3”
4”
6”
8”
10”

$17.30
$30.90
$69.40
$123.00
$278.00
$494.00
$1,109.00
$1,975.00
$3,083.00

Meter Size

Gala Estates Water System
Monthly Ready to Serve Charge

¾”
1”
1 ½"
2”

$23.80
$34.10
$77.20
$131.00

Meter Size

Crewport Water System
Monthly Ready to Serve Charge

¾”

$41.60

Water Consumption Charges: For water delivered based upon monthly meter readings or estimated water consumption, the water consumption charge will be computed at the following rates per 100 cubic feet or prorated to portions thereof of water consumption:

Water System

Rate per 100 Cubic Feet

Buena

$0. 95/100 cf

Terrace Heights

$1.42(First 1,000 cf)
$1.57 (Second 1,000 cf)
$1.73(Over 2,000 cf)

Gala Estates

$3.34 (First 1,000 cf)
$3.72 (Second 1,000 cf)
$4.25 (Over 2,000 cf)

Crewport

$0.67 (First 1,000 cf)
$0.79 (Second 1,000 cf)
$0.90 (Over 2,000 cf)

Fire Protection Service Charge: A monthly fire protection service charge is applied when a customer has a private unmetered water line used only for fire protection, such as a private fire hydrant or a fire protection sprinkler system inside a building. The fire protection service charge is in accordance with the following schedule:

Meter Size

Terrace Heights Water System Fire Protection Service Charge

2”
3”
4”
6”
8”
10”

$34.00
$78.00
$140.00
$312.00
$555.00
$866.00

Charge for Turning on after Turnoff for Nonpayment or New Account: A prepaid $35.00 service charge is applied for the establishment of new accounts at existing connections and for resumption of water service following disconnection for nonpayment of delinquent charges. Resumption of water service after normal working hours following disconnection for nonpayment is $70.00.

Backflow Prevention Assembly Inspection Charge: Backflow prevention assemblies are inspected and tested annually by the County, or more often where successive inspections indicate repeated failure. Backflow assembly inspection and testing is $35.00.

Small Water System Monthly Charge: Smaller satellite water systems (systems with less than 9 customers) are billed a flat rate. A consumption charge is not applied to the bills on these systems unless the supply well begins pumping over 5,000 gallons per day. Unlike the larger systems, a monthly charge is applied to vacant lots. Once the lot is developed and the customer is using water, the monthly charge increases.

A monthly charge is applied to vacant lots because each system must be a financially self supporting system. When a system is new, it may not have any developed lots, but the system still has expenses from routine monthly inspections, power bills, and water quality testing. For this reason, new systems must have a source of revenue, even when no or very little water is being consumed.

A schedule of Small Water System Monthly Charges are included below:

Water System

Monthly Charge for Undeveloped Lot

Monthly Charge for
Developed Lot

Beckon Ridge
Bittner
Bonair
Buchanan (Canyon Creek)
Fairway Estates
Gibson
Heysman
Huntzinger
Kodiak
Meadowbrook
Nagler
Norman
Ray Symmonds
Raptor
Speyers
Star Crest
Stein
Wendt
Wiseacre

$13.70
$14.80
$14.00
$15.50
$10.50
$10.50
$13.70
$11.20
$10.50
$10.90
$11.10
$13.70
$15.30
$13.70
$13.70
$11.20
$10.90
$15.30
$13.70

$37.90
$59.00
$41.00
$50.90
$51.60
$30.60
$31.60
$42.30
$26.40
$35.80
$33.20
$44.30
$49.50
$44.30
$44.30
$50.10
$31.50
$40.80
$37.90

Wastewater System Rates

Sewer Connection Permit Charges

A sewer connection permit charge must be paid to the County prior to installing a new connection. Charges are payable at the time an Application for Water or Wastewater Service is submitted to the County. The sewer connection permit charge does not cover the actual cost to install the side sewer. The individual requesting the connection is also responsible for the cost to install the side service. The Sewer Connection Permit charge for the County’s wastewater systems are as follows:

Buena Wastewater System: $1,250 per equivalent dwelling unit.

Mountain Shadows Wastewater System: $1,250 per lot.

Fairway Estates Wastewater System: No charge.

Monthly Charges

Property owners served by one of the Yakima County’s wastewater systems are billed a monthly Service Charge. The amount billed varies from system to system. A schedule of the monthly service charge for each of the County’s systems is included below:

Buena:

$35.84 per month

Fairway Estates:

$13.70 per month for a vacant lot

$49.50 per month for a developed lot

Mountain Shadows:

$20.60 per month for a vacant lot

$60.50 per month for a developed lot