If You Think Your Water Bills are Going Up, You're Right.

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A study released in August 2019, by Bluefield Research, finds that water rates are going up so fast in parts of the country, "questions of affordability" are now being heard. 

In other words, some people in the country may not be able to afford water delivered to their homes in coming years.

Here's what they found:

·      From 2012 to 2013, water/sewer rates increased, on average, 5.40 percent

·      2013 to 2014, 6.24 percent

·      2014 to 2015, 3.98 percent

·      2016 to 2016, 2.03 percent

·      2016 to 2017, 5.26 percent

·      2017 to 2018, 1.53 percent

·      2018 to 2019, 3.60 percent

However, the researchers pointed out that while most areas of the country are experiencing water rate increases, “the year-to-year rate volatility and varied approaches by utilities is striking," says Erin Bonney Casey, Research Director at Bluefield.

"The volatility is evidenced nationally over the last eight years, with an annual average rate swinging from 6.0 percent higher in 2014 to 1.5 percent higher in 2018. This past year, the most significant changes occurred in El Paso, Texas, where average customer bills increased 33.3 percent; on the other hand, in Riverside California they declined -22 percent.

The study also pointed out that the costs for water varies considerably in the U.S. Memphis, Tennessee had to lowest water rates, approximately $30 per month. However, Seattle, Washington was at the high end where the average water bill here is $226.62.

So, we see that water rate increases can be very volatile. We now know where the least costly and the costliest water rates are in the country.  

But, why are consumers in Riverside paying less for water?

The simple answer is that water in Riverside comes from a publicly owned utility the city has owned and operated since 1895. 

"There are federal and state regulatory requirements that apply to investor-owned utilities that do not apply to publicly owned utilities," says Terrie Prosper, with the California Public Utilities Commission.

"[Further] publicly owned utilities have access to very-low-cost [electric] power from federally operated dams that the investor-owned utilities do not have access to. Moreover, many publicly owned utilities also have access to low-cost financing that makes their capital investments much less expensive."

In other words, Riverside is blessed with lower operating and borrowing costs, along with fewer costly regulations they must adhere to. When things are going "swimmingly," as they have been recently, they can pass on savings to their consumers.

For more information on how to reduce water consumption, waterless urinals, and to use water more efficiently, contact a Waterless Co Specialist

Some FAQs about Non-Water Urinals

In commercial men’s restrooms, waterless urinals are a rarity — though they’re becoming more popular. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why many in the industry seek advice in how to better clean waterless urinals — often times they want to know how to clean them.

As CEO and founder of waterless urinal manufacturer, Waterless Co., Klaus Reichardt fields just about every question there is regarding the waterless urinal. Years ago, he was often asked things like “How do they work?“ and “How much water can they save?” Today, the questions he receives are more complex. Those questions — and Reichardt’s answers to them — are listed below, courtesy of Waterless Co.

To read more on CleanLink.com, click here.

Why’s There a Fly in the Urinal?

Gentlemen, How Flies and Bees can Improve Your Aim

While this typically does not apply to waterless urinals, water-using urinals often have urinal screens placed at the bottom of the urinal. These urinal screens typically there for two purposes:

1.    For decades, they contained chemicals to help reduce odors, but many of those chemicals are now banned.

2.    They helped prevent larger debris from entering the urinal drain and causing a blockage.

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But some military operations found other reasons for installing urinal screens. They began placing urinal screens that had a red dot – or many red dots - at the bottom of the urinal. The main reason for this: it encourages guys to improve their aim. 

After all, if sharing a barracks with 20, thirty, or more guys, the urinal area can get pretty messy.  Better aim meant the bathrooms stayed cleaner and more hygienic.

However, in the 1960s, the Dutch army took this a step further. The screens were designed with etched flies of different colors worked into the urinal screen pattern. According to Keiboom Van Bedoff, a Dutch maintenance worker, adding the flies helped guys improve their aim much better.  This was because they now focused their attention on trying to immobilize the flies (even though they were nothing but plastic).

“They now had the ability to use one’s natural gifts and achieve victory over the foe while standing,” he explained. Guys, he felt, can always beat flies. “That’s why urinating on flies is so satisfying.”

However, this idea of adding insect targets to urinal screens actually goes way back. In the 1890s, some urinal screens in Britain were designed with etches of bees, not flies. This became the favored urinal screen target throughout the U.K.

Why bees and not flies is anybody’s guess. But what we do know today is that these types of screens are rarely used. However, based on the appearance of some men’s restrooms today, it might be time to bring them back.

Colorado Could Soon Become a Waterless Desert

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Based on two weeks of research into the probable future of water supplies in the American West, it’s pretty clear that no water expert or journalist truly believes Colorado is likely to become a lifeless, waterless desert, within the lifetime of anyone currently alive.

On the other hand, almost everyone seems to believe that the western US will indeed experience ‘water shortages’ during the coming decades, if you define a ‘water shortage’ as ‘less water, per person, than we were accessing in the 1990s.’ If, and when, the water shortages arrive, we can all decide to share the pain. Or alternatively, people with money and power can seize control of our water, and thereby acquire additional money and power.

On its surface, the Colorado Water Plan appears to be a 567-page proposal that we all share the pain. But the devil is in the details, as always. Some commentators have suggested that, in the case of the Colorado Water Plan, the details are sorely lacking.

To read more on this article from PagosaDailyPost.com, click here.