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I want a rate structure that rewards using less water.

This structure rewards customers who reduce water usage through changes in appliances and/or behavior.

An image showing a tap pouring water with text that indicates that the water rate for water used in tier one costs three dollars per one thousand gallons, water used in tier two costs four dollars per one thousand gallons, and water used in tier three costs seven dollars per one thousand gallons. 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 conservation-oriented rate structure for water, the customer would be charged for 12,000 gallons at the Tier 1 water rate ($3.00x12) plus 8,000 gallons at the Tier 2 rate ($4.00x8). No usage would be charged at the Tier 3 water rate, because the customer’s consumption did not exceed 24,000 per quarter. Since the conservation-oriented rate structure only applies to water, for sewer, the customer would be charged 20,000 gallons at the sewer rate ($9.00x20). The customer's total bill would be $248.

Customers can save by limiting their water use, but bills might become more complicated.

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