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Clean and plentiful water provides the foundation for prosperous communities. We rely on clean water to survive, yet right now we are heading towards a water crisis. Key drinking water sources are being overdrawn or tainted with pollution. […]

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Generally, most municipalities attach fixed flat charges to the water and wastewater usage bills as part of their capital charges. These charges are usually attributed to the master meter on-site, and can be quite substantial. When a commercial property is submetered and all utility charges are passed on to the tenants, it is very important to divide the fixed charges fairly to maintain tenant satisfaction and retention.

For example, I have seen instances where a small jewelry store was paying the same flat charges as the restaurant next door, which used 10 to 20 times more water. The jeweler had to vacate the premises because of the high utility costs.

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In the last five years, nearly every region of the country has experienced water shortages. At least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even under non-drought conditions. As water use in the United States continues to increase, many regions have started looking for ways to conserve. […]

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