Water rates throughout the Seal Rock area could rise by the end of April. Seal Rock, which gets its water from the Toledo water system, was recently informed that rate computations were accidentally under-valued. The new rates were supposed to go into effect at the first of the year, and they did, but Toledo reportedly made a mistake on the new rate for the current calendar year. Toledo is billing the Seal Rock Water District $3.29 per thousand gallons but discovered they did not include the full costs of producing clean, fresh water to their neighbor to the southwest.
After a cost analysis by the two water districts, both agreed that the rate should have been $3.89 per thousand gallons – about a 17% rate increase. Officials say that the Seal Rock Water District Board is expected to ratify the higher rate March 14th. The new rate will take effect May 1st.