Water-service rates are based on the real costs of treating and delivering water to customers, and are regulated by the West Virginia Public Service Commission. All West Virginia American Water customers are charged rates approved by the PSC. You can learn more at the PSC website:
Public Service Commission
To determine rates, West Virginia American Water and state PSC staffs study costs of construction, maintenance, operation, administration and financing. Once the studies are complete, the company and PUC present any differing conclusions before an administrative law judge. Based on the judge’s opinion, the PSC sets the water rates.
Rates and billing frequency vary based on geographic area. In many areas, customers are billed based on a regular meter reading, while in some areas there is flat-rate billing. West Virginia American Water’s rates are based on the true cost of providing water service to our customers.
Rates can vary based on the cost of providing service in each of the communities we serve. Before it reaches your home or business, water is treated through and intricate involved process. Water begins its journey from its source and travels through our highly sophisticated plants, into underground pipes, to its final destination, your tap. That source can be a river, aquifer, or an underground well. Along the way, our teams of certified operators, scientists and engineers use the latest technology to oversee and monitor the water’s passage and progress. We test the water quality frequently, using leading methods we pioneered. We understand the value of clean, high-quality water on tap 24 hours a day, and are committed to delivering it reliably. Each year, we conduct more than one million tests and measurements using the most advanced technology and equipment available at our state-of-the-art, world-renowned research laboratory in Belleville, Illinois, and at our local utility labs.
Reliable high-quality water service improves our lives and communities by:
• Protecting public health
• Providing fire protection
• Creating opportunities for economic growth.
Of all of your needs, water is the single most important. It is a life essential resource – you need it every day for almost everything you do. West Virginia American Water takes that very seriously and constantly looks for ways to improve upon how to deliver reliable, high quality water. At about a penny a gallon, and considering how often you use water every day – it’s easy to see the true value of your water service – what other item household in your household budget is as affordable? Think about how often you use your service and you’ll see why West Virginia American Water is truly an exceptional value.
West Virginia American Water Rates at a Glance
Minimum charge: Minimum charges are based according to the size of each meter installed. For customers with multiple meter settings, the minimum charge will be sum of the minimum charges for each of the individual meters. The minimum charge is based on 1,500 gallons. Usage above 1,500 gallons is calculated by the rates listed below.
- 3/4 inch meter or less* $ 21.67 per month
- 1 inch meter $ 53.10 per month
- 1-1/2 inch meter $ 105.48 per month
- 2 inch meter $ 168.38 per month
- 3 inch meter $ 315.09 per month
- 4 inch meter $ 524.67 per month
- 6 inch meter $ 1,048.64 per month
- 8 inch meter $ 1,677.43 per month
*Residential customers are served through 5/8" meters.
Volumetric Charge: Based on the number of gallons used.
- First 1,500 gallons used per month at the MINIMUM CHARGE (based on meter size - please see above)
- Next 28,500 gallons used per month $9.6112 per 1,000 gallons
- Next 870,000 gallons used per month $6.3292 per 1,000 gallons
- Next 8,100,000 gallons used per month $4.6050 per 1,000 gallons
- All over 9,000,000 gallons used per month $2.9955 per 1,000 gallons
West Virginia American Water Tariffs
Bluefield Valley Water Works Company Tariff
WVAW April 2011 PSC Rate Order