Utilities

The municipally-owned McPherson Board of Public Utilities is both the electric and water supplier for the city. The McPherson BPU provides one of the lowest cost electric power in the Nation with an average industrial rate of only 4.6 cents per kWh in 2012The BPU offers virtually unlimited capacity and unbeatable reliability with a SAIDI Rating of 30.25 (99.99%) through a fully redundant electric system. Through an interconnect agreement with Westar Energy, BPU’s customers have the benefit of stable, competitive rates through 2039. 

Comparative Electric Rates
Cents per Kilowatt Hour:
  McPherson BPU* U.S. Municipal** U.S. Inv.Owned** U.S. CoOp**
Industrial: 4.6 7.1 6.9 6.8
Commercial: 6.8 9.9 10.4 9.9
Residential: 6.6 10.5 11.9 10.7
*McPherson 2012
**American Public Power Association Survey-2012 (latest available figures)

Water Supply
Source:Equus Beds Underground Aquifer Plant Capacity: 10,800,000 gal./day
Temperature Range: 50-72 Degrees F. Storage Capacity: 3,000,000 gal.
Hardness (g/gallon): 23 grains Average Consumption: 3,122,225 gal./day
Treated: No Peak Demand: 6,899,300 gal./day

 

Water Rates
Cost per 1,000 gallons
Residential: $3.04
Commercial: $2.95

 

Sanitation System
Type: Biological Sewage Treatment Plant
  Capacity Present Load
Gallons Per Day: 2,400,000 1,800,000
Population Equivalent: 24,000 14,634

 

Natural Gas
Supplier: Kansas Gas Service
Rate
Residential: $15.35 monthly service charge plus delivery charge. $2.1230 per mcf delivered.*

General Sales (Small commercial = usage less than 200 Mcf per year): $28.65 monthly service charge plus delivery charge. $2.1255 per Mcf delivered*

General Sales (Large commercial = usage between 200 - 1,500 Mcf per year): $36.00 monthly service charge plus delivery charge. $1.6819 per Mcf delivered*

General Sales- transport eligible (usage greater than 1,500 Mcf per year): $60.00 monthly service charge plus delivery charge. $1.4598 per Mcf delivered*

Large Commercial: Varies (subject to usage/curtailment acceptance)
*May be subject to applicable adjustments and charges