In June of 2010, City of Houston water rates increased by a substantial 30 to 40 percent per month, sparking outcry from city residents and officials. Unfortunately, Houston is not the only city feeling the financial strain of water rate hikes. Communities across the nation have experienced significant rate increases in recent months.
Aside from the June water rate increases in Houston, additional communities in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado have recently dealt with hefty approved increases. Rates in Phoenix, AZ increased by 28 to 50 percent in August, while rates in Steamboat Springs, CO will increase by 14 percent in January 2011. Canyon Lake, Texas water rates are proposed to increase dramatically, with a 38 percent hike in October and another 33 percent in March 2011.
The recent water rate hikes have been met with great amounts of opposition from residents. In Canyon Lake, residents have formed coalitions to battle the steep increase in water rates. In Houston, City Councilman Mike Sullivan has addressed the media stating, “I voted against this rate increase, as I viewed it as punitive and unfair. Residential customers have nowhere else to purchase their water and the city is holding them hostage with these new rates.”
Water rate hikes have the ability to affect communities across the United States. If your organization is concerned about the financial burden of rate increases, consider contacting WaterWatch to learn about our submetering solutions. Our national network of meter readers makes it possible for WaterWatch to service any property in the United States.