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On Should residents or businesses who use too much water be fined?


Tomato 10 months, 4 weeks ago

An outright fine is kind of shameful. It's not really a plan.

A real water-use plan would involve public education on how to reduce water usage; education on how best to conserve water in the garden; education about exactly how much water is needed to keep a lawn alive - not green - in the Summertime.

Then possibly a graduated system where charges per gallon rise with use - with the extra money used to subsidize water barrels for home gardens as well as community awareness about water conservation. It's not right to charge extra for water conservation and then not use the money to increase water conservation.

But to just wait until we're running out of water and then implement a fine on some arbitrary level of water usage is pretty terrible.


Liberty275 10 months, 4 weeks ago

No. people should be charged for water the same per gallon or whatever regardless if they use more or less. We planted our first garden this year and expect our water use to rise. Are they going to fine us because we want too learn to grow our own food?


George Lippencott 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Replace all lawns with painted rocks??


mikekt 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Remember that the profitable months for a water utility are the Sumer months when the daily usage probably doubles that of a winter day .

Remember also that the basic cost to run a water utility, to fix water mains and staff treatment plants is a year round cost that is pretty much consistent. As a utility co., one has and needs employees year round .

Remember that in a simple world one can affix anything with a knee jerk reaction,....but the world isn't always simple to fix .

Bring the Sumer usage down to Winter levels and one could probably make up the yearly loss of income by........raising rates to cover that loss .


juma 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Lawrence needs a water usage program. For all you here in Larryville that think you are the intellectual center of Kansas you need to look at the Hays program. From around 1991 to 2000 Hays reduced water usage by 30% while the population grew 30%. Lawrence must implement sound practical water usage regulations. I am sick and tired of watching sprinklers spray water on to the street in the middle of the day. Banks are the worst offenders.


L7 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Obviously, the LJW is now controlled by the Koch brothers. Free speech is no longer allowed. Just watch, this post will vanish into thin air.


George Lippencott 10 months, 4 weeks ago

a fine for overuse.must be tied to rationing. If we need to ration then a case needs to be made. Clearly there is a case in Wichita.


Leslie Swearingen 10 months, 4 weeks ago

"The water conservation plan was unveiled Wednesday by city officials seeking to remedy issues with the drought-plagued Cheney Reservoir, which supplies 64 percent of Wichita’s water. The reservoir is forecast to dry up in mid-2015, The Wichita Eagle reported"

So, once that is gone, no amount of money can bring it back. This is not about the money, it is about the need to impress people with the need to conserve resources now.


kernal 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Too much for one household may not be enough for another household. Say you have a household of two people, no swimming pool, with xero landscaping and an urban vergetable garden and maybe a couple of fruit trees. Then you have a family of five with a swimming pool, lawn and flower gardens. Who gets charged more and where do we draw the line on what water can be used for?


ljreader 10 months, 4 weeks ago

For what we are paying on our water bills, is there such a thing as "too much water"? Can we go a month without talk of yet another increase????? The new norm is for government entities- who are on OUR dime- our OUR employees- sit around and dream up ways to punish us. BS.


In_God_we_trust 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Residents shouldn't be fined, because if the toilet flapper sticks open, and the resident doesn't notice, they could have a high water bill that month already. No need to add insult to injury with a fine. The city is supposed to offer city water as a service to the public, not in a dictatorial manor by threatening fines for water usage. Wonder why they are asking the question?


oneeye_wilbur 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Public urinals and the water recycled to water downtown planters.


CWGOKU 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Exactly, what is too much? If they pay for what they use, then where is the problem? Now, if water is being rationed and they continue to use water and to an excess, then yes, a fine is in order. Hold the water, just bourbon on the rocks for me


jane_doe 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Thorn: Don't forget to pick up the water ration.

Sol: I'll do that. I'll die if I don't get water.


pizzapete 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Isn't the city providing the water and landscaping for the recreation center free of charge to Fritzel and the University? How much is that going to cost us?


msezdsit 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Should be a way of charging for extra usage if the current plan isn't adequate. Just assessing and charging is better than a fine. I can see fining for wasting water and causing someone else to have to do without. People take water for granted and those days are limited.


canyon_wren 10 months, 4 weeks ago

In our community, in Utah, there is a higher charge for extra water usage beyond a basic level--that is perfectly reasonable and obviously worth it to some users who need more. I suppose if the amount of City water available is so limited that such a practice is not going to solve the problem, then a fine might be in order; otherwise, it sounds too punitive.


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