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Port Stanley News RSS Feed  Editorials Reduced Consumption Does Not Reduce Bill

by Francie Dennison

We've all been told that higher rates for water and sewer are charged to, in part at least, encourage a reduction in consumption. Similarly, we've all been led to believe that a reduction in consumption would mean a lower water/sewer bill. Well, I've found that this is not necessarily true.

On my March 12, 2012 bill my meter reading said I'd consumed 45 cubic meters of water and my combined water/sewer bill from Central Elgin came in at $205.26. On my March 13, 2013 bill my meter reading said I'd consumed 39 cubic meters of water, or 6 cubic meters of water less than for the same period in the previous year. My 2013 bill was $222.48, or $17.22 more than for the same period in the previous year. What happened?

Well, the rate per cubic meter of water consumed went up by $0.21 per cubic meter, and the water service charge increased by $2.46. As well, the rate per cubic meter of sewer consumption (which is calculated to be the same as what goes into the house) went up by $0.53 per cubic meter, and the sewer service charge went up by $2.62.

The end result is that I used less and paid more. Am I the only one who sees anything wrong with this picture? What will the rates be like when the debt (not charged back to affected property owners) for Eastwood Phases 2 & 3 is added in? If you aren't worried, maybe it's time you should be.

Last Updated: Sunday, 21 July 2013 19:52:14 PM EST

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