Emergency Water Rates Approved

August 29, 2007

Wednesday night the Albemarle County Service Authority's Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of new drought emergency water rates.

The rates are 100% higher than standard rates, but they will have no immediate effect on your bill.

In fact, the service authority wants customers to understand that the rates will only go into effect in the event of a drought emergency, which is unlikely this year.

"we're just trying to be proactive," said Gary Fern, Executive Director of the Albemarle County Water Authority. "Our rules and regulations call for emergency water rates to be in effect when we go into a drought emergency. We're not there yet, and as the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority mentioned earlier this week, we're not intending to go to a drought emergency anytime soon."

Officials hope the emergency rates will encourage people to conserve water during future drought emergencies.

They also say consumers who conserve enough... will see relatively small increases in their bill.

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