The drought is really based on the amount of snow pack we get during the winter.The positive that the rain provided was that we used a small amount of our stored water during that month which helps with availability at the end of the year.
It will cost $5.5M in order to install secondary water meters in the city.
Right now, there isn’t a budget allocation for the installation of the meters.
Because of the size of some parks and the cemetery, the City will water a different part of the park and cemetery each day. While I can’t speak to what was said in the past, our reality is that (1) we have a limited resource when it comes to water so we don’t have the luxury of allowing everyone to use as much as they want and (2) an analysis of the secondary water rates was done in 2010 that showed if there wasn’t a rate increase the water fund would be bankrupt in a couple of years.
While it may appear that the same piece of grass is being watered each day, it is actually watering the same piece of grass about once a week. Therefore corresponding rate increases were put in to make sure the water fund stayed solvent.