The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. raised anew its water and wastewater electricity charges as a result of the increased levelized energy adjustment clause rate that took effect last week.
Both water electric charge and wastewater electric charges are only adjusted when the LEAC electric rate is changed.
LEAC is part of the customer's bill that reflects the cost of fuel. It goes up or down to reflect the cost of buying fuel to run the power plants.
Effective Sept. 10, the new water electric charge is $3.66 per 1,000 gallons, a slight increase over the existing $3.36 per thousand gallons. The new wastewater electric charge, meantime, is $1.90 per 1,000 gallons, from $1.77.
According to CUC, the new rates reimburse the agency for all power costs associated with the production, treatment and transportation of water, and wastewater service. The new charges for water and wastewater electric charges will be applicable to all customer classes.
CUC earlier disclosed that majority of residential ratepayers use 10,000 gallons of water and wastewater service or less per month.
Saipan Tribune learned that CUC has over 9,000 water customers and nearly 3,000 wastewater customers.
The increase in new LEAC tariff effective last week translates to about $11.38 monthly increase for average customers. The average residential customer use up to 500 kWh every month.
The new LEAC rate is $0.31212 per kWh-10.81-percent higher than the August rate of $0.28168 per kWh.