United Water, Boise City propose transfer of fire hydrants to the utility

United Water customers would pay about $1.45 more a year if the Idaho Public Utilities Commission approves a plan to transfer the more than 6,700 fire hydrants in Boise to United Water Idaho.

The agreement between United Water and the city of Boise proposes to replace about 168 hydrants per year over the next 40 years at a cost of about $765,000 to United Water customers.

The city and utility say transferring the hydrants would create equity among taxpayers and water customers, make available capital funding for fire protection infrastructure, and put the hydrants in the hands of the utility that owns the rest of the water infrastructure.

Each party has reserved the right to declare the agreement null and void if the commission does not approve it, or the requested accounting treatment.

The commission is taking public comment on the proposed agreement through July 23. You can submit yours through the commission’s website at www.puc.idaho.gov

(An earlier version of this post had the wrong price.)