Effective with the January 2017 billing statement, due February 15th, SPU customers will see an increase in their Water Usage Charge. Increases range from $0.15/1,000 gallons used to $0.25/1,000 gallons used, depending on service type.
Example: A family of four utilizing an average of 2,000 gallons/person/month will see an incremental impact of $1.80 per month.
In keeping with increased expenses projected with the maintenance and expansion of our infrastructure in 2017, the Water Reconstruction Fund Charge will increase by $0.07/1,000 gallons.
In addition to water charge changes, SPU reduced the Relocation Underground Charge for Electric from $0.001 to $0.00025 per kWh. This is lower than the 2014 rate.
Complete rate information can be found in the 2017 Electric and Water Rate brochures on this website. Hardcopies are available at SPU, 255 Sarazin Street, Shakopee, MN 55379.
There are three things that lead to the majority of frozen pipe problems:
Sudden drops in temperature, bad or no insulation where needed, and thermostats set too low.
IN THE FALL
- Insulate your water pipes in unheated areas of your house. Crawl spaces and attics are likely areas where pipes could freeze.
- Heat tape can be used to protect pipes. Read the packaging and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Seal leaky areas that allow cold air to come into unheated areas near your water pipes.
- Disconnect garden hoses and turn off the valves for the outside connections where possible. Drain the pipes to outdoor faucets if your plumbing allows.
- During extreme cold it could be beneficial to allow a small drip of warm and cold water to come from a faucet near an outside wall.
- If you have a dishwasher consider setting it up to wash or rinse on a delay so that it uses water during the wee hours of the morning.
- Be careful about turning down your thermostat too low at night. Place a thermometer near your water pipes in questionable areas and see how cold it gets during set-back periods on your thermostat.
- Open cabinet or closet doors that conceal water pipes. Especially on outside walls. This will allow room heat to get to the pipes.
DURING WINTER VACATIONS
- Do not set the thermostat lower than 55°.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house each day to make sure that your furnace is working.
- Consider shutting off the water and draining the pipes for extended vacations. Contact a plumber for the details if you are not sure of the procedure.