I believe it’s time for the Kennewick Irrigation District to transition to a usage-based system, instead of the flat-fee system we currently have.
This year I paid the same amount I did in years past for unlimited water, but I can only water for a few minutes twice a week.
Don’t get me wrong, I think conserving water is critical, but it makes no sense to pay the same amount regardless of how much water I use. If I were being charged by usage instead, I could have used the money I saved to put in some attractive dry landscaping.
If KID were to move to a water metering system (aka “volumetric” pricing), we would be charged based on how much water we use, just like we are for other services like electricity.
According to the article “Water Pricing - Uniform Volumetric Charge” — available on the Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management website — volumetric price schemes have major advantages: charging consumers by usage ensures economic efficiency.
It encourages water conservation, since the more you use the more it costs. And it is easy to understand and fair for us consumers, since we can limit our bills by reducing our consumption.