A greener summer next year? Port Angeles adjusts its water rates to be more lawn-loving
The City Council has approved a seasonal water consumption rate for residential customers in 2015 to encourage more residents to water their lawns and gardens in the summer.
The council on Tuesday voted 4-3...to incorporate a flat summertime consumption rate into an ordinance establishing next year's electric, water, and wastewater rates. The council then voted 5-2...to adopt the ordinance itself...
In addition to water rates, the ordinance sets higher rates for electricity and wastewater. Under the seasonal structure, residential water customers next year will pay $2 per 100 cubic feet of water used in June, July and August regardless of consumption.
Out of stock, out of touch...What's the difference?
Now, as astute readers of this blog well know, much of the world is finally waking up to the fact that water is not only a valuable resource, but also a finite one. In the U.S. alone, dozens of municipalities, and even whole states, have passed laws to try and limit people's water use, to try and put the brakes on consumption. Rivers need water, farmers need water, people need water - and something has to give, something has to change.
Except in the unreality that is Port Angeles.
Given the well known penchant for Port Angeles City Councils to do a great deal of nothing, why was this particular thing not only important enough to discuss, but also to actually pass?
"What I've heard from seniors and people who have been in their homes a long time, people would like to water their landscape, their lawns, their gardens, but they feel financially their water bills are too high so they're reluctant to do so," said Councilwoman Cherie Kidd.
A solution all of Clallam County could embrace?
So there you have it. The only real problem facing the people of Port Angeles is that their lawns aren't green enough! Once that problem is licked, happy days must surely lie ahead. Downtown will flourish, high school graduation rates will rise, and sidewalks will build and repair themselves. Residents of Port Angeles will awaken each morning full of purpose (not booze or meth), and the pollutants coming from the Nippon plant will smell as sweet at flowers. Yes, people of Port Angeles, Cherie Kidd has confirmed it: The grass is greener on the other side. And the green grass will take you to the other side - at least the kind that Cherie seems to have been smoking will.
Meanwhile, back in that ol' real world...
Here are the highlights of the other rate increases:
■ Monthly residential electric rates will increase from $104.39 to $113.52 for average customers next year, an 8.75 percent increase.
■ Average monthly commercial electric rates will increase from $226 to $231.34, a 2.36 percent increase.
■ Monthly residential wastewater rates will increase from $46.70 to $51.35 for average customers in 2015, a 9.96 percent increase.
■ Average monthly commercial wastewater rates will increase from $42.02 to $47.84, a 13.85 percent increase.
How about a nice, big, cheap cup of water to wash those
other rate increases down with?