SPEAKING OUT: Utilities’ billing doesn’t encourage conservation

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 03:33 PM.

• I therefore will stop worrying about longer showers, leaving the faucet running while brushing teeth, etc.

• Ethically I want to conserve, but life is too short for the added stress (most people’s philosophy)

• I can’t possibly run into trouble by even doubling my usage, so why stress anyway?

This example was proof enough that the water utility stood to save money if I conserve.  According to their website, conservation is highly recommended. So why charge me for 6,000 gallons regardless of how little I used? 

This should send a red flag up to owners who rent-out their properties along the coast or use them as second homes. In essence, you will be charged for 6,000 gallons even if the properties are mostly vacant. 

It doesn’t allow for lower rates such as the minimums of 1,000 gallon tiers in other nearby counties. As if that wasn’t bad enough, I learned I will also be responsible for a multi-thousand dollar impact fee upon building and pay eternally for extra fixtures in my house beyond a typical two bedroom allowance.

In closing of my reply to the water utility, I stated “if you disagree with my example above, please let me know so that I can re-educate my training in utility software development and also update my two groundwater guides I published at University libraries while working for the EPA.  I hope you can see my dilemma.” 

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