Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Water Bills Going Up?

Probably not here, is my guess, but Calwatchdog looks at water bills going up elsewhere in the state. This, the result of people cutting back on their water use. Less water used means less revenue for the water suppliers so they have to raise rates to keep going.

I wrote here not long ago about the plight of folks in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties. They've been dealing with the drought for at least a couple years now. They cut back and cut back on water use only to see their bills go up, at least relative to the amount of water used. You can't blame them for being upset, but it's really common sense. The utilities need a certain amount of money to stay afloat, no pun intended.

Will the water bills of those of us in the Humboldt Municipal Water District go up if people up here really started cutting back? My gut feeling is no. They raised our rates years ago to make up for the loss of the pulp mills that were major users of water. 

Now it seems our water and sewer bill sits at around $50.00 a month- maybe a few dollars more with watering the garden. I'm wondering if that bill would stay the same even if we stopped using water entirely? My thinking being they've already raised rates to account for infrastructure maintenance and development. I could well be wrong. I should probably call and ask.


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