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PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Prescott Valley town officials hope to
make every drop of water count by making liberal water users pay more
To do that, town officials will continue to use an inverted water
rate structure, where water rates become gradually higher with higher
use, said Neil Wadsworth, the town's utilities services manager.
"All water conservation begins with the consumer," Wadsworth said.
"(There are) things that you can do."
The town drafted the inverted rate structure several years ago
after a citizens' committee studied ways to reduce water use,
"It does promote conservation," he said. "When you are having to
pay more dollars for using extra water, that does tend to hit people
in the pocketbook and make them consider whether or not they need
Additionally, the town recently raised water rates across the
board to pay for more efficient operating costs.
The new rates take effect on New Year's Day.
Users of 8,000 gallons or less per month who pay $2.03 per
thousand gallons will soon pay $2.22 per thousand gallons.
People who use 8,000 gallons to 20,000 gallons a month and pay
$2.33 per thousand gallons will see their rate jump to $2.66 per
thousand gallons. Those using more than 20,000 gallons a month who
pay $2.82 per thousand gallons will see their rate rise to $3.46 per
Wadsworth noted that the Town Council has also taken steps to
ensure that valuable potable water is not being used to keep local
golf courses green. Instead, the town requires golf courses to use
The town is also studying ways to water parks with reclaimed
water, a more expensive conservation option.
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