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I want a rate structure that makes everyday uses—drinking, cooking and washing—more affordable.

Designed to ensure affordable access to essential sanitary uses. Essential usage includes water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs), often funded through partnerships and charitable contributions, may be used to help fund a rate structure built on the value of affordable essential uses if they are considered legally permissible in the state.

An image showing a tap pouring water with text that indicates that the water rate for water used in lifeline tier costs two dollars per one thousand gallons, all other usage costs five dollars per one thousand gallons and the sewer rate is nine dollars per one thousand gallons

For example, a residential family uses 20,000 gallons of water in a quarter. Using the affordable rate structure, the customer would be charged for 12,000 gallons at the lifeline water rate ($2.00x12) plus 8,000 gallons at the normal rate ($5.00x8) plus 20,000 gallons at the current sewer rate ($9.00x20) for a total of $244.

While rate structures that prioritize affordability also promote equity by providing all customers with basic public health and sanitation needs, they might cause some larger water users to pay a higher rate to make up for lower rates for essential water uses.

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