We have a 160-unit apartment building which in two hours is going to use the same amount as a single family residence does in one month,Apparently, someone saw the results from the poll from two weeks ago, in which 35% of respondents said their water was "free -- I don't pay for it." :)
Because most apartment building only have one meter, tenants are charged "their share" [per person] of the master water bill.
Tenants who take long showers are going to get subsidized by those who flush every 2-3 days. This free-rider problem will probably be addressed by group action, e.g., all units should have (pay for?) high-efficiency water fixtures.
"Low flush party," anyone?
Bottom Line: This is great -- people will now start to understand how much their water costs.
OTOH, Albuquerque water managers still deny that higher prices will lower demand.