480-110-245  <<  480-110-255 >>   480-110-261

Jurisdiction.

(1) The commission only regulates investor-owned water companies that:
(a) Own, operate, control, or manage one or more water systems; except that control or management does not include management by a satellite management agency as defined in chapter 70.116 RCW if the satellite management agency is not an owner of the water company.
(b) Meet jurisdictional thresholds of one hundred or more customers, or have average revenue of more than five hundred fifty-seven dollars per customer per year.
If a water company serves customers
and has average annual revenue per customer
commission regulation
99 or less
$557 or less
No
99 or less
more than $557
Yes
100 or more
$557 or less
Yes
100 or more
more than $557
Yes
(2) The commission does not regulate the following providers of water service:
(a) Cities, towns, or counties.
(b) Public utility districts.
(c) Water districts.
(d) Local improvement districts.
(e) Homeowner associations, cooperatives and mutual corporations, or similar entities that provide service only to their owners or members.
(f) Homeowner associations, cooperatives and mutual corporations, or similar entities that provide service to nonmembers unless they serve one hundred or more nonmembers, or charge nonmembers more than five hundred fifty-seven dollars average annual revenue per nonmember.
(g) Entities or persons that provide water only to their tenants as part of the business of renting or leasing.
This may include:
(i) Apartment buildings.
(ii) Mobile home parks.
(iii) Manufactured home rental communities.
(iv) Office complexes.
(v) Commercial or industrial parks.
(3) To determine jurisdiction, the commission considers only those customers receiving water. The commission does not consider customers who do not receive water, such as customers who have paid:
(a) Water-availability letter fees.
(b) Standby charges.
(c) System-readiness fees.
(d) Ready-to-serve charges.
(4) To calculate the average annual revenue per customer, the commission considers only the charges that water-receiving customers are billed on a recurring basis, other than contributions in aid of construction. For example, this includes money billed for flat-rate service or the metered base-charge and all usage charges.
(a) The commission does not include charges billed to customers who do not receive water, such as:
(i) Water availability letter fees.
(ii) Standby charges.
(iii) System-readiness fees.
(iv) Ready-to-serve charges.
(b) The commission does not consider contributions in aid of construction in determining jurisdiction. These contributions can be money, services or property. Payments can be made in a lump sum or financed over time. Examples of contributions in aid of construction include payments for:
(i) Connection to system.
(ii) Meter installation.
(iii) System buy-in.
(iv) Facilities charges.
(v) Assessments for capital plant and equipment.
(5) The following example shows how to calculate the average annual revenue per customer for two hypothetical customers. The data for each customer are provided at the end of the example:
(a) Select the most recent twelve consecutive months.
Example:
February 2004 through January 2005.
(b) For each customer who received water service during the twelve-month period, add the amount the customer was billed by the water company for items other than contribution in aid of construction items.
Example:
Customer A billed $340.
 
Customer B billed $283.
(c) For each customer who received water service during the twelve-month period, add the number of months the customer received water service.
Example:
Customer A received water service for twelve months.
 
Customer B received water service for nine months.
(d) Total the amount billed the customers during the twelve-month period.
Example:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Billed by the Water Company During the
Twelve-Month Period
 
 
 
 
Customer A
 
$340
 
 
Customer B
+
$283
 
 
Total Billed During Twelve-
Month Period
$623
 
 
 
 
 
(e) Total the number of months each customer received water service.
Example:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Number of Months Received Water Service During the
Twelve-Month Period
 
 
 
 
Customer A
 
12
 
 
Customer B
+
9
 
 
Total Months Received Water Service During the Twelve-Month Period
21
 
(f) Calculate the "Average Monthly Revenue Per Customer": Divide the "Total Billed During the Twelve-Month Period" by the "Total Months Received Water Service During the Twelve-Month Period."
Example:
 
 
 
 
 
Total Billed During the Twelve-Month Period
 
$623
 
 
Total Months Received Water Service During the Twelve-Month Period
÷
21
 
 
Average Monthly Revenue Per Customer
$29.67
 
(g) Calculate the "Average Annual Revenue Per Customer": Multiply the "Average Monthly Revenue Per Customer" times 12 months.
(A)
Average Monthly Revenue Per Customer
 
$29.67
 
Months in a Year
x
12
(B)
Average Annual Revenue Per Customer
 
$356.04
DATA USED IN THE EXAMPLE
TO CALCULATE
AVERAGE ANNUAL REVENUE PER CUSTOMER
Example—
Customer A
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Standby
Charge
Ready-to-
Serve
Charge
Connection
Charge
Facilities
Charge
Meter
Base
Charge
Meter
Usage
Charge
 
 
 
Receive Water Service
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Contribution in Aid
of Construction
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
Year
Month
 
 
 
 
 
 
Billed
2004
February
 
 
 
 
$20
$4
$24
2004
March
 
 
 
 
$20
$5
$25
2004
April
 
 
 
 
$20
$2
$22
2004
May
 
 
 
 
$25
$5
$30
2004
June
 
 
 
 
$25
$6
$31
2004
July
 
 
 
 
$25
$12
$37
2004
August
 
 
 
 
$25
$6
$31
2004
September
 
 
 
 
$25
$4
$29
2004
October
 
 
 
 
$25
$4
$29
2004
November
 
 
 
 
$25
$3
$28
2004
December
 
 
 
 
$25
$2
$27
2005
January
       
       
       
       
$25
$2
$27
 
 
$0
$0
$0
$0
$285
$55
$340
 
Number of months service
 
 
12
 
 
Not Receiving Water
 
$0
Receiving Water - Contribution in Aid of Construction
 
$0
Receiving Water - Other than Contribution in Aid of Construction
 
$340
Total customer billed during period
 
$340
DATA USED IN THE EXAMPLE
TO CALCULATE
AVERAGE ANNUAL REVENUE PER CUSTOMER
Example—
Customer B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Standby
Charge
Ready-to-
Serve
Charge
Connection
Charge
Facilities
Charge
Meter
Base
Charge
Meter
Usage
Charge
 
 
 
Receive Water Service
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Contribution in Aid
of Construction
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total
Year
Month
 
 
 
 
 
 
Billed
2004
February
$7
 
 
 
 
 
$7
2004
March
$7
 
 
 
 
 
$7
2004
April
 
$12
 
 
 
 
$12
2004
May
 
 
$300
$4,500
$25
$5
$4,830
2004
June
 
 
 
 
$25
$4
$29
2004
July
 
 
 
 
$25
$3
$28
2004
August
 
 
 
 
$25
$12
$37
2004
September
 
 
 
 
$25
$10
$35
2004
October
 
 
 
 
$25
$15
$40
2004
November
 
 
 
 
$25
$5
$30
2004
December
 
 
 
 
$25
$2
$27
2005
January
       
       
          
           
$25
$2
$27
 
 
$14
$12
$300
$4,500
$225
$58
$5,109
 
Number of months service
 
 
9
 
 
Not Receiving Water
 
$26
Receiving Water - Contributions in Aid of Construction
 
$4,800
Receiving Water - Other than Contribution in Aid of Construction
 
$283
Total customer billed during period
 
$5,109
(h) To ensure that all customers are treated equitably, the commission will impute the same rates to any customers receiving free or reduced service that apply to other customers receiving comparable service on the same system.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160, and 80.04.010 (30)(b). WSR 12-17-047 (Docket UW-120246, General Order R-566), § 480-110-255, filed 8/9/12, effective 9/9/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040, 80.04.160 and 80.04.010. WSR 05-08-099 (Docket No. UW-040375, General Order No. R-519), § 480-110-255, filed 4/4/05, effective 5/5/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040. WSR 00-17-135 (General Order No. R-473, Docket No. UW-991634), § 480-110-255, filed 8/21/00, effective 9/21/00; WSR 99-24-100 (Order R-467, Docket No. UW-980082), § 480-110-255, filed 11/30/99, effective 12/31/99.]
Site Contents
Selected content listed in alphabetical order under each group