Letter: Water rate increase illogical

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 12:01 a.m.

Surely I am incorrectly reading your Sunday article about the City of Aiken raising water rates because residents are not using the projected volume – “City to adjust water rates.” As I understand from the article, the City is going to raise my water rate approximately 10 percent because I have cut back on my usage and am not using as much water as the City projected. Am I the only one who does not understand this logic? If less than the projected volume of water is being consumed, then it should be costing the City less to treat the water for distribution and there should be less sewage to treat also resulting in lower cost. Our elected officials should investigate why the City’s cost is not going down since the production volume has decreased. Hopefully they will not blindly vote for this rate increase. By the way, if I use more than the projected volume, will the City reduce my water rate?

Virgil W. Sauls

Aiken

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