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Friday, 09 January 2009

Oviedo plans to punish water wasters

Jan. 9, 2009

By Isaac Babcock

The Voice


Oviedo residents who use too much water will have to pay a much higher price and may be forced to use far less in the future. 


City officials took another step forward in their struggle with water supply issues at Monday's Council meeting, when they decided to move forward with a sliding scale to reward residents who use less water, and punish those who use too much. They also created a conflict of interest in the process — one that could end up costing the city money. 



As the sole supplier of all residents' potable water, the city stands to make more money by allowing residents to use more water, but strict measures imposed by the St. John's River Water Management District have put the city between a rock and a hard place. 


With the water district pushing to lower potable water consumption, the city had already planned to enforce a reduced per-capita water consumption of 120 gallons per person per day by 2010. 


But Monday the city revised that figure to 135 gallons by 2014, dropping even more to 95 gallons by 2025. But that means less money flowing back into the city. 


"If people conserve, we lose money, but we need them to conserve so that we'll be under the cap," Councilman Steve Henken said. 


To encourage residents to keep their consumption low, the city has already instituted "penalty rates" for those using a larger quantity of water on a monthly basis. Households using fewer than 3,000 gallons a month pay only 74 cents per 1,000 gallons. But a household using more than 30,000 gallons pays $5.17 per 1,000 gallons beyond that number. 


In order to pre-empt those maximum consumption rules, which will arrive by 2013, the city began converting its facilities to use unconventional sources of water, Henken said. That includes a special water treatment plant already online that can clean up dirtier "surface water" to use as drinking water. That's a rarity in the county, Henken said. 


"It's something that cities like Winter Springs and Longwood don't have yet, and yet they charge similar rates as we do," Henken said. "In some cases we're actually charging less money now compared to cities that don't even have this water plant yet." 


That plant could not only be used to supply water for other cities, but could be retrofitted to use many types of water. 


"It's set up to process pretty much any type of water," City Councilman Dominic Persampiere said. "There could be situations in the future where we actually wholesale water out to others."

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