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Councilman Klein requests review of drinking water rate model

Councilman Todd Klein Councilman Todd Klein

Provided by City of Lubbock

As this council has made strides in transparency and equity in terms of storm water fees related to usage and impact costs, we must now do the same for (drinking) water. The current rate model for water lacks transparency, equity and structural integrity. Unlike standard practices, the current water rate model has a single rate for both commercial and residential.

Water also, unlike other city utilities, does not have a fixed baseline charge. Instead the charge to the public is based on average winter consumption (AWC), which disadvantages lower-end users and water conservation. The current billing for water, because of AWC, is both arbitrary and capricious, and the citizens of Lubbock deserve better. I am asking the City Council to have the Lubbock Water Advisory Commission (LWAC) review this needed reform and make a recommendation to Council.

I am specifically asking that LWAC review the following:

1) A separation of Residential and Commercial rates

2) An elimination of Average Winter Consumption (AWC)

3) Creation of a revenue neutral rate model for Residential and Commercial Bloc 1

Beyond that, we also need to look at where there can be other similar recommendations for transparency, equity, and integrity in billing and in our rate models.

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