The city of San Diego will now send you a water bill every two months.

The city has previously billed monthly. In a two-month period, one month’s bill was based on an actual meter reading, while the next month’s bill was based on an estimate of historic use.

The estimates, which were sometimes inaccurate, will be eliminated. The change will apply to all single-family residential customers, as well as some multi-family, commercial and industrial customers.

The city says that all customers switching to the new billing system received a bill in February. Half of customers will get another bill in March, then start on the two-month cycle. The other half of customers won’t be billed until April and will then continue the two-month cycle.

The city estimates the change will save $630,000 in printing and billing costs.

Our colleague over at SLOP did some reporting on this issue last year, cataloguing Donna Frye’s desire to switch the billing timeframe, her success in attaining the changes, and her thoughts on it.

ROB DAVIS

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