Letter: How to save on water
The article in the 05 July 17 paper concerning the 48% increase in water costs to the LCWSD needs a follow up since the LCWSD is not being singled out to cover the cost of the electricity. What is this going to do to the costs to students at PC or to the industrial base in town since they are also hit hard.
The City of Clinton has proudly announced the decrease in the cost / kWh of electricity to $0.1380 from $0.1480 which will save the "average" resident about $10 / month. The City of Clinton has announced that each department
will have to bill enough to cover its costs so the costs are being transferred from electricity to:
Water service inside the City - 50.37% increase or an increase for the "average" resident of $7.16 / month. This is why you are seeing all of the activity on Facebook by the City of Clinton and elsewhere to reduce water usage.
Sewer service inside the City - 6.63% increase or an increase for the "average" resident of $3.07 / month. This includes a 10.3% increase for the treatment surcharge paid to the LCWSD. I see in the paper that due to
decreased flow the LCWSD is increasing the charges by another 22%.
Sanitation service inside the City - no change for garbage pick up or the other wastes picked up by the City at curbside.
The net impact to the "average" residential customer per month in 2017 will be a $0.23 net increase for the first year of the plan. The net increase over the five or seven year span of the plan by the City of Clinton to have each department pay its way will be a net increase of $32.99 / month or an annualized bill of $3,332.40 which is a $433.66 / year increase from the time before the implementation. These figures came out of the Rate Review Committee data and are subject to change if we get new industries that have a major consumption rate or state / federal help with our water system.
The City needs to get customer service tech's into the field to work with residents who have very high utility bills to show them in their homes where / how to decrease usage and give the residents tools / money to fix the issues. The City also needs to involve the public schools through classroom projects and going through the PTA to the students and parents to be more energy efficient. The sad truth is that the residents will pay more to get the same and will have to pay to reduce costs through more efficient water consumption. Reducing the water used while brushing your teeth is of minimal impact at 2.2 gallons / minute if you have bought the new efficient water faucets.