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County residents’ sewer bills to drop starting in July

Updated Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 4:24 p.m.

Residents in unincorporated Clark County will save some money on their sewer bills starting in July after the Clark County Commission approved a rate cut on Tuesday.

The issue: Commissioners last year asked staff at the Clark County Water Reclamation District to review its financial and capital improvement plans for possible customer savings. On Tuesday they took action on those findings.

The vote: Approved unanimously.

What it means: The commission approved a 4 percent rate reduction for the district’s 231,758 residential and 9,094 commercial customers.

For homeowners, the cut equates to $9 in savings on their annual sewer service bill, which pays to build and maintain the pipes and treatment plants that process wastewater.

Commercial customers pay a fraction or a multiple of the $230.30 per house sewer fee, depending on the business.

The rate cut is expected to be sustainable for five years and will not affect the district’s projected capital spending of more than $700 million, according to an analysis by district staff.

“This rate reduction is the result of maintaining needed investments in the infrastructure while still producing a savings for the residential and commercial ratepayers,” Commissioner Larry Brown said in a statement.

Commissioners also approved a new rate structure for commercial customers in Indian Springs, where the district has spent $31 million on repairs, rehabilitation and a new treatment facility to serve the community and Creech Air Force Base after taking over the failing sewer system from a private company.

About 24 commercial customers are expected to be affected, with half seeing an increase and half seeing a decrease in their rates, according to the county.

The Clark County Water Reclamation District serves unincorporated Clark County, Laughlin, Blue Diamond, Indian Springs, Moapa Valley and Searchlight.

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