Currently, residential customers are billed $2.07 per thousand gallons ---- referred to as a "unit" ---- for the first 10,000 gallons of water they use every month, then $2.39 for every unit above 10,000.First, consider the
Under the proposed changes, the first 10,000 gallons would be billed at $2.17 per unit if customers use less than 12,000 gallons that month.
If customers use more than 12,000 gallons in a month, they'll pay $2.48 per unit for the first 30,000 gallons, then $2.73 a unit for anything over 30,000 gallons in a month.
She also said the new rate structure is a conservation measure designed to reward customers who keep their water usage below the 12,000-gallon mark each month, and to encourage those using more than 30,000 to cut back.
"We're really trying to encourage conservation," Eilers said.
She said the district knows that raising rates does not always translate into conservation, so the district will also be voting on a water conservation plan that includes penalties for wasting water under severe drought conditions when it meets on Monday.
Bottom Line: Get serious! These price increases will NOT lead to water conservation. The reason that they do not lead to conservation is because they are laughable. Forget the water cops -- 100-200 percent price increases will lead to conservation!