Payson Water Rates Unfairly Punish Families



OK, I get it. We live in the desert, and everybody needs to do their part to conserve water. Some time ago, the Payson Town Council passed a graduated rate scale for water usage.

Simply stated, the more water a household uses, the more they get charged; arguably, a good way to encourage people to use less water. I’m not necessarily opposed to this idea. But as it is currently applied, it is unfair to families.

The system does not take into account the number of people a water meter serves. For instance, if you are a retired couple, and you each use 1,000 gallons of water, you receive the lowest tier water charge. And people might say you are doing a good job conserving water.

However, if you’re a family of five, and each member of your family used the same 1,000 gallons of water, you are charged a much higher rate for the same consumption per person. You see, unless an adjuster is added to the current rate system for the number of people a water meter serves, the system is unfair.

It’s unfair to charge different rates for the same water usage based on family demographics. In the above stated scenario, the family members could only use 400 gallons (as opposed to 1,000 gallons for the retired couple) in order to receive the same rate. It’s tough enough trying to raise a family in Payson this system makes it even tougher.

Edward Price


don evans 3 years, 4 months ago

Unless I missed something, I think the key words are water consumption. If you choose to have a five member family that each consumes 1000 gallons per month, why shouldn't you pay for your total gallons use?


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