Idaho Public Utilities Commission

Case No. CAP-W-12-01, Order No. 32607

August 3, 2012

Contact: Gene Fadness (208) 334-0339, 890-2712



Capitol Water allowed increase to meet electric expense


Rates for about 2,900 Boise customers of Capitol Water Company increased by about 1.48 percent effective August 1 to account for the water utility’s increased electric expense. 


The Idaho Public Utilities Commission allows Capitol Water, after commission review, to increase or decrease its rates in an annual adjustment outside a rate case if power expenses impact the company’s revenue by greater than 0.25 percent. 


Capitol Water maintains its annual electricity expense increased from $75,483 to $85,418 due to increases in Idaho Power Company’s electric rates. 


Capitol Water residential customers who use a ¾”-inch meter pay a flat monthly rate of $12.65. The average annual power cost surcharge approved this week adds about 24 cents to that monthly bill, up from the previous 5-cent surcharge.  From May 1 through September 30, non-metered customers also pay a monthly sprinkling rate of $16.50. 


Capitol Water serves residential and commercial customers in an area bounded roughly by Northview Street south to Ustick Road and from Curtis Road west to North Maple Grove.