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2015 Water Costs Up 6% in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 41% Rise Since 2010


Cost of Water Rising in the U.S.

Urban water use decline is changing the business model for utility companies.  The nation’s far-reaching water supply network in American cities is getting old. Thousands of miles of distribution pipes beneath city streets - the lengthy water transport and treatment infrastructure - are now cracked and brittle and the cost to repair and renew America’s long-neglected water systems won’t be cheap.

Rebuilding will be costly, and water rates will continue to grow for some time. There is no avoiding it.  The price of residential water service in 30 major U.S. cities rose faster than the cost of nearly every other household staple last year, according to a recent water pricing survey.

The economics of water — particularly the cost of treatment, pumping, and new infrastructure, as well as the retail price for consumers — gained renewed prominence as California and Texas - two most populous states experiencing historic droughts.

The average monthly cost of water for a family of four using 100 gallons per person per day climbed 6 percent, according to data collected from the utilities. For families using 150 gallons and 50 gallons per person per day, average water prices rose 6 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively.

Assessments project the national cost of repairing and replacing old pipes could be 1 trillion dollars over the next two decades. New treatment technologies are needed to meet Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act requirements.

At the same time, conservation measures have proven successful. Utilities are selling less water, but these factors amount to a persistent upward pressure on water rates.

Consider your own water use.  WaterXtender™ is a great way to help save water bill costs necessary for your plants, trees, grass and vegetables.

Pat Dwight

El Nino Won't End California's Water Conservation Drive

el nino condition 2015In January 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order mandating a 25 percent reduction of urban water use across the state.  At that time districts consuming more than 165 gallons per day per person were required to cut consumption by 35 percent.  Districts consuming smaller amounts of water – less than 55 gallons per day per person – were required to cut consumption by 10 percent.

With the hottest and driest weather cycle the western U.S. is experiencing exceptional dryness and record warming, with the past four winters producing the California’s most severe drought conditions in a century.

Summer temperatures have presented complications with soaring 100+ degree weather that scorched and dehydrated everything in the state. With no rain in sight, usage increased rather than decreased as a result.  

To counter the problem, larger water districts began to develop sustainable water conservation plans to reduce their monthly water usage by 35 percent while the smaller water districts, which are the majority, had to reduce goals of 20 percent to 30 percent.  

SOLUTION: WaterXtender™ is a Great Alternative

WaterXtender Solution

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced Thursday it is ending it rebate program for replacing lawns with drought tolerant vegetation.

Money for turf rebates is drying up, and Southern California’s largest water supplier is no longer accepting applications. The $2-per-square-foot rebate program is the largest of its kind in the country, officials say.

Despite more than a fourfold increase in the conservation budget, the supply of rebate money could not keep up with demand.

  1. Metropolitan Water District’s water conservation programs budget, including turf rebates, started last year at $40 million. In December, officials increased it to $100 million. In May, it was increased to $450 million.
  2. Of the $450 million, $390 million was for turf rebates and $60 million was set aside for water-saving appliances such as toilets, clothes washers and weather-based irrigation control systems.
  3. All the turf rebate money has been claimed – allocated to homeowners and businessesthat are ripping up or plan to rip up grass and install new landscaping between now and next spring. There’s already a waiting list to replace projects that drop out.
  4. The Metropolitan Program serves 19 million people, including Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.  In Orange County, homeowners and businesses have removed 18 million to 20 million square feet of turf in the past two years, said Rob Hunter, the general manager of the Municipal Water District of Orange County, which oversees the turf rebate program for most of the county.  Hunter doubted that Metropolitan would allocate any more money to turf rebates during the next year.

Save Your Lawn And Save Water

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