College Station's city council has approved a new, tiered system for its residential water rates.
Thursday night, leaders signed off to increase the rate charged past 10,999 gallons used per month. The new rates are as follows:
0 to 10,999 gallons per month: $2.22 per 1,000 gallons
11,000 to 15,999 gallons per month: $2.88
16,000 to 20,999 gallons per month: $3.54
21,000 to 25,999 gallons per month: $4.20
26,000 gallons per month and up: $4.86
Users of more than 11,000 gallons each month will still pay $2.22 per 1,000 gallons for those initial gallons. If they use between 11,000 and 15,999 gallons, they will pay the $2.88 per 1,000 gallons for the gallons above 11,000.
Also part of the change approved by the council is a 90-cent increase to the monthly meter fee, which will now stand at $9.98.
The city recently cited increased use of water for the change to the rate system, hoping to curb residential water usage.
July 2008's average water usage per person was 252 gallons per person per day. It was the high month for 2008 so far, with January's average of just over 100 gallons per person per day being the low point of 2008.
College Station Utilities says it is the summer months that see major water usage, due in large part to residents maintaining their lawns by watering. An especially dry portion of a summer, much like 2008, sends numbers even higher.
The new rates will go into effect in bills sent out after October 1.
For a chart of how a College Station water bill will change, click on the link provided below this story.
The change in College Station comes the same week Bryan raised its water rate by 18 cents to $2.76 per 1,000 gallons used. There is not a tiered system in that city.
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