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I want a rate structure that ensures the utility is not financially impacted by periods of lower water use.

Water and wastewater use go up and down at different points in the year. This means that the amount charged to customers and taken in by the utility also goes up and down. One way to make sure that the utility can cover the cost of providing water service in parts of the year where water use is low is by including a charge on every bill that is the same amount regardless of how much the customer used water or wastewater services. These are called fixed charges. Because the charge is always the same even if customers use little or no water, it means customers can only influence a portion of their bill by reducing water consumption. Fixed charges may result in higher bills for very small volume users and slightly lower bills for large volume users.

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