The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has been increasing rates steadily since it was created in 2008. Now, after increasing salaries, they’re thinking about cutting back. But you have to follow the logic here:
From September 2011 to August 2012, customers used about 5.3 billion gallons of water, a 3 percent decline from a year ago and a 6 percent decline from 2010. On the whole, consumption rates have been decreasing steadily for about two years, which matches water usage patterns across the Tar Heel State.
No doubt after years of being forced to use less water by not allowing full flow toilets or shower heads, usage has taken a toll.
“With regulations, it costs more to provide clean drinking water and to treat wastewater, and those costs are being passed on to customers,” she said. “The more it costs, the less they’ll lose.”
Hmm. . regulations forcing up costs? Why can’t officials in government realize the same thing happens there? The story, at the StarNews, goes on to say folks got used to using less because of the Governor restricting things, but that’s just silly. We use less because we’ve been forced to use less and yet, over time, we’ll pay even more.
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