June 23, 2010

Water Rates going up

Sometimes it doesn't pay to conserve water. Take this example from Framingham, Mass:

Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Kelley last night recommended selectmen set new rates about 9 percent higher than the current ones.

The increase, which selectmen are expected to vote on July 13, would tack an extra $74 onto the average family's bill. The hike is driven by a drop in water consumption and a higher assessment Framingham must pay the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Kelley told the board during a preliminary rate hearing.

This means that consumers that used less water are now going to have to pay more? Shouldn't consumer be rewarded for conserving water?

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