Conserve and your rates may go up!
With a weak economy locally and high fuel costs, many people in our area have been cutting their expenses anyway they can.
From a conservation standpoint, this is good news. Unnecessary lights are being turned off, water is being saved, and gasoline is being used more efficiently by people combining trips.
The bad news it that a recent article in our local paper stated that the water and sewer department is short on revenue due to significantly reduced water consumption by both companies and individuals. The article also suggested that rates may have to be raised to make up the difference. Considering that our rates were recently approved to be increased 40% over three years for both operational and infrastructure improvements, the timing of the suggestion could not be worse.
I am curious what others are paying for water and sewer. Our current rates are Water-$3.51/thousand gallon, Sewer- $6.88/1000, and tax of 6.6% on the total.
In the scheme of things, this is not a huge amount of money for safe and clean drinking water and regulated sewage service. Just thought I would mention this as a possible consequence of conservation techniques.