Barrow County’s wholesale water rate in July may not jump as high as expected, because the county government’s rate analysis was wrong.
Instead of raising the rate to $2.60 per 1,000 gallons, the county will raise it to $2.22 for any municipal system that contracts to purchase at least 300,000 gallons of water each day. The rate without the minimum volume obligation would be $2.80.
County manager Jock Connell told the Barrow Journal that the calculation error was discovered while he and Auburn city administrator Ron Griffith were discussing the county’s rate analysis May 9. The one-page analysis is a chart that shows the county’s costs of providing water from the Bear Creek Reservoir and various rates based on those costs and sales volumes.