Water rates went up April 1 for more than 4,000 Brooke Utilities customers in the Rim country.
After a year-long rate review, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved rate increases last week for four water companies managed by Brooke Utilities, including E&R Water Company, United Utilities and Williamson Water Works.
Meter-installation charges increased more than 100 percent, from $200 to $430, and most residential water service charges went up about 25 percent, depending on water usage.
Residents who use more than 4,000 gallons of water a month will see even higher increases.
E&R Water Company's 2,000 customers in Pine and Strawberry were paying a $16 base rate plus $3.30 per 1,000 gallons of water up to the first 10,000 gallons of water consumed a month.
They now pay an $18.45 base rate plus $3.40 per 1,000-gallons up to the first 4,000 gallons.
Water consumed in excess of 4,000 gallons will cost $5.95 per 1,000 gallons.
Based on those rates, an average family of four that uses 6,000 gallons of water will be charged $43.95 plus tax.
United Utilities' 1,000 customers in Strawberry, outlying Payson areas and Tonto Basin were paying various water rates. They will now pay a uniform base rate of $16 a month with varying per-gallon rates, depending on where they live.
Strawberry customers will pay $2.20 per 1,000-gallons for the first 4,000 gallons of water and $3.85 per 1,000-gallons after the 4,000-gallon mark.
United Utilities' Payson area customers will pay $1.95 per 1,000 gallons for their first 4,000 gallons a month and $2.99 after that.
And Tonto Basin customers will pay $1.55 per 1,000 gallons for their first 4,000 gallons and $2.33 per 1,000 gallons of water in excess of the 4,000-gallon-a-month mark.
Williamson Water Works
Williamson Water Works customers in Pine will pay the biggest increase. Their rates jumped from a $14.25 base plus $2.50 per 1,000 gallons to a $20.35 base rate plus a flat $3.50 per 1,000-gallons of water consumed.
This is the first rate increase the commission has granted for these utilities in as many as 11 years.