ATLANTA: City considers higher water bills

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/printedition/2008/06/11/sewer.html

By David Bennett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Published on: 06/11/08

 

 

Two proposals to raise Atlanta’s water and sewer rates moved forward Tuesday.

One would boost rates 27.5 percent this year followed by three consecutive rate hikes at about 12 percent. The other would impose a 15 percent penalty to make up for water revenue the city has lost through conservation during the drought.

Both moved without a formal recommendation of support but will be considered by the council over the next 20 days as the panel tries to wrap up the fiscal year 2009 budget.

Water utility officials say the increases are needed to continue to pay for the bonds Atlanta is using for the $4 billion program to overhaul its aging water and sewer systems.

If the council approves the conservation penalty, utility officials say they can scale it back if the drought ends and water use returns to its pre-drought levels.

 

 

(Our city officials continue to ignore the cries of the people and make decisions that hurt….I’m very dismayed over the future of the low and middle income families living within the city of Atlanta…)

10 Tips for Conserving Water Inside Your Home

(courtesy of  The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management)

 

  1. Install low-flow shower heads. Older shower heads use 5-7 gallons per minute; low-flow shower heads use 2.5 gallons per minute.
  2. Take a “Navy” shower. Rinse, turn off water, soap up, turn water on and rinse again.  Limiting the amount of time you spend “under the water” reduces water use considerably.
  3. Gentlemen- shave in the sin not the shower. Ladies, if this is too acrobatic shave in the shower….but do so during the “soap-up” portion of the Navy shower.
  4. Keep a 10 gallon bucket in your shower to catch water you bathe, and keep another bucket in your kitchen to catch water you would normally pour down the drain
  5. Install a low- flow aerator on your faucets. Low-flow faucet aerators use 1.5 gallons of water per minute; older faucets use between 3 &7 gallons per minute.
  6. Don’t let the water run while you bush your teeth or shave.
  7. If you have an ancient toilet, consider switching it for a new, water conserving model. Older toilets use between 3.5-7gallons of water per flush. New toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush.
  8. If you can’t upgrade to a new toilet, make sure the flapper mechanism inside the tank is working properly. Use a water displacement bag in your toilet tank (not a brick, which can damage your toilet’s inner mechanisms as it erodes) to help reduce the amount of water per flush. Consider limiting your flushes- “Number 1 can stay a while, Number 2-send it through!”
  9. Hand-wash your dishes. Fill one sink with soapy water and one sink with rinse water. If you have to use your dishwasher, make sure it is full before running it. Dishwashers use between 9-14gallons of water per wash.
  10. Replay your top-loading washing machine for a front loading model. Top loading machines typically use 40 gallons per wash, while front loading models use less than 20. Don’t wash until you have full load. (OMG- this is just the info I needed to convince my husband to buy a new machine!)

 

For more information about water conservation inside the home, call 404-589-2684.