Although water rates City Council is looking to change the current tiered structure to one that better promotes water conservation.
The new pricing system would determine the amount of water each home should use based on factors like lot size and the number of people in the family, reports the Pasadena Star-News.
To implement the new system, the city will need to spend $50,000 in extra costs to contract with Ash, hire additional staff and rework the billing system. Finance Director Chu Thai said the extra money, plus $100,000 already budgeted, would come out of the water fund. Even with the new system, Thai said, water rates would still need to increase over the next few years.
A , but not all council members were convinced that that tiered rate model was the best option for the city.
Council Member Philip Putnam voted against the tiered rate system because he said it does not promote conservation among low water users and unfairly charges residents who consume high amounts, regardless of whether they are trying to conserve water.
Through the current system, rates are reduced for the lowest water users.
"If there's no incentive for 30 percent of people to conserve, the other 70 percent have to conserve [considerably] to make up for it," Putnam said in December 2010.
Residents echoed his point at a sewer and water rate hearing earlier this month.
"... We conserve and conserve, yet we're not rewarded for it. In fact, we are penalized compared to someone who uses more water. Why isn't the water bill more based on how much you use—especially because we are trying to conserve?" asked resident Shirley Weber.
And tell us: Are you happy with the current water rate model? If not, how would you like to see it change?