Atascadero families to pay more for high water use
May 26, 2015
The Atascadero Mutual Water Co. is raising rates for residential consumers who use the most water, and all city water users could soon face surcharges. [Tribune]
AMWC officials have identified approximately 9,300 single-family residences, or about 20 percent Atascadero homes, as being responsible for about 60 percent of the city’s water use. Those homes consume more than 26,000 gallons of water a month.
Starting with the July water bill, single families that consume 26,000-50,000 gallons a month will pay $5.25 per 1,000 gallons, rather than the existing rate of $4.80. Single-family water users that exceed 50,000 face corresponding rate hikes.
The AMWC board adopted the rate hikes in attempt to comply with a state mandate to reduce its water usage to 28 percent below 13 levels.
In addition to raising some rates, the board has approved surcharges that take effect June 5. All water users, residential or commercial, will receive surcharges if they consume more water during any month in 2015 than they did during the same month in 2013.
During its meeting last week, the board also reduced the number of days outdoor watering is allowed. Watering is now restricted to Tuesdays and Saturdays for properties with even-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses.
Outdoor water is already prohibited between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.