One more reason to conserve water

The more you use, the more you’ll pay. I wasn’t at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday night, but the Metrowest Daily News reports selectmen approved new water rates based on quarterly usage.

The town has always had usage-based rates, but the cost for those who use a lot of water will go up. The good news is that rates will stay the same for those who use an average amount of water.

The new rates, which go into effect next month, look like this:

Quarterly usage in cubic feet Old rates (per 100 cubic feet) New rates (per 100 cubic feet)
1,001 to 2,000 $3.50 $3.50
2,001 to 3,500* $4.00 $4.00
3,501 to 8,000 $4.50 $5.00
8,001+ $4.50 $6.00

*In the old rating system, the second tier was 2,001 to 3,000 cubic feet. The new rating system expands it to 3,500 cubic feet.

DPW head Karen Galligan told selectmen 64% of residents use 3,500 cubic feet or less per quarter.

For more details, read the full article in the Metrowest Daily News.

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