Water Rates

August 5, 2015--County residents should pay more for water, study finds (Durango Herald)

La Plata County residents should pay double the rate Durango residents are charged for city water to maintain the infrastructure they use, an analysis by Wildan Financial Services found. The document was released during a Utilities Commission meeting Monday, and it outlined how much more it costs the city to maintain infrastructure for county residents than it does for city residents.

May 24, 2015--Farm water to city taps: It won't be cheap (Tucson.com)

To save the Colorado River and keep Western farming going at the same time, urban dwellers will have to pay. That’s the conclusion of an expert who helped lead a new federal study on what to do about the Colorado.

December 30, 2014--As water demand slows, utilities seek new solutions (High Country News)

As a fifteenth year of drought persists in several Western states, cities like Las Vegas and Denver are contemplating costly new dams and pipelines to meet water demand. Those projects come from a brand of old solutions, ones that shaped the Western U.S., allowing cities to spread across dry plains and sandy deserts.

November 26, 2014--Experts make recommendations for coping with drought (Desert Sun)

A group of water experts recommended this week that Southern California should do much more to address the region’s long-term water problems.

October 5, 2014--The real relationship between conservation and rising water rates (National Geographic)

A number of articles have been published recently which report on rising water rates across the U.S., pointing fingers firmly at dropping national water demand – and the efficient fixtures and behaviors driving that drop – as the reason.

August 10, 2014--Water utilities charge more to offset lower demand (Washington Post)

Federally mandated low-flow toilets, shower heads and faucets are taking a financial toll on the nation’s water utilities, leaving customers to make up the shortfall with higher water rates and new fees that have left many paying more for less.

July 24, 2014--Water officials mull how to enforce penalty: Utilities, district consider implementing $500 fines for outdoor waste (San Mateo Daily Journal)

In the face of grim conservation rates during one of the worst droughts in history, local water districts are working to determine how to crack down on those who waste water outdoors after state regulators approved fines of up to $500 a day.

May 23, 2014--California has major drinking issues (Bloomberg Businessweek)

California has at least an additional five months of drought ahead, U.S. forecasters estimate, putting new pressure on everyone to conserve already stretched water supplies. While farms use 80 percent of the state’s water—and it’s essential that they cut back—cities and towns have to do their share.

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