Water Rate Climbing with Decreased Use

The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority is raising their rates, Brandon Shulleeta reported in yesterday’s Daily Progress, a result of decreased water usage by citizens. RWSA’s rates are a function of their expenses—people using less water doesn’t significantly reduce the RWSA’s expenses, meaning that they’ve got to increase their rates to cover the difference. Ergo, they’re going to be charging Albemarle County 11.3% more for water and Charlottesville another 7.7%. Each locality will presumably be passing those costs onto customers, translating to a rate hike for everybody without their own well.

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