Monday, Dec. 31, 2007 | Just received my latest water bill from the city of San Diego. We dropped our water utilization amount by 47 percent! Our bill dropped by a whopping 36 cents! Upon additional inspection of the bill, I found out that we had a reduction of $4.35, due to various credit settlements. So, in reality, we were charged more money in December, for using 47 percent less water — only the credit settlements marginally lowered the bill.
We will continue to conserve. It is the right thing to do. We’ve had a no lawn landscape for over three years. However, as a public policy question: Why would the majority of our population conserve water if their water bills go up? Where is the financial incentive? And, are the citizens that are saving water making life easier/cheaper for the water hogs of San Diego?