Water Works needs rate hike, blames us

Don't Waste Your Money

So you are a law abiding citizen.

You pay your bills on time, don't cheat on your taxes, always use your turn signals, and conserve water, as they tell us to do.

So let me understand this: We are now being penalized for limiting how much water we use?

Reasons for Rate Hike

Cincinnati Water Works is asking City Council to approve a 7.5 percent water rate hike for customers.

One of the main reasons, in its written request to council, is because customers are using less water these days, resulting in lower revenues. 

Water Works is required to do the same amount of maintenance and upgrades to its facilities whether it makes $10 million a year or 10 cents a year.

The problem, over the past decade, is that consumers have taken dad's advice, and have turned down the water while brushing their teeth.

We have also purchased low flow toilets, high efficiency washing machines and dishwashers, and installed low flow shower heads to make our showers a trickle.

The end result should be lower bills, and up until now that's been the case.  But Water Works says it is falling behind in revenue, and therefore needs to boost rates to make up for the shortfall caused by our conservation.

Doesn't That Stink?

What makes this especially painful is that it follows a series of increases in sewer rates, due to federally mandated sewer improvements that will cost the region more than $1 billion to complete.

If you use the Metropolitan Sewer District for wastewater treatment, your sewage bill is now larger than your water bill.  Many Cincinnati-area families are now paying 30 percent more for water and sewage than they were just two years ago.

So combine the sewer hikes with a water rate hike, and we will pay even more.

City Council is expected to take a hard look at the request, with some council members saying a smaller rate hike in the 3 percent range would be more realistic.

While City Council approved a fiscal year budget Wednesday, it couldn't agree on a water rate hike . It could take another vote next week.

The budget and finance committee voted down the proposed increase. However, full council is expected to take up the issue at another time.

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The budget and finance committee voted down the proposed increase. However, full council is expected to take up the issue at another time.

Read More at: http://local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/council-committee-votes-down-water-rate-hike-12509.shtml
UPDATE: The budget and finance committee voted down the proposed increase. However, full council is expected to take up the issue at another time.

Read More at: http://local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/council-committee-votes-down-water-rate-hike-12509.shtml

The bottom line is that we will soon have to pay more for listening to dad and conserving water.  And to that, I say, "Doesn't that stink?"

And don't waste your money.

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