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Pinellas Utilities Looks at Conservation Rates

Pinellas County Utilities is exploring the development of a conservation rate structure to better manage excessive water use. This is in response to public interest in conservation and a request from SWFWMD to manage excessive demand through conservation rates.

The rate structure for residential customers that is under consideration will consist of five pricing tiers based on the amount of water used.

Pricing tiers for residential customers will result in an overall cost reduction for low users, a cost incentive to conserve water and additional costs for excessive users.

The rate structure will include a customer account charge as well as a base facility charge for residential and commercial customers.

Similar rate structures exist in the Tampa Bay area and are an industry standard for water utilities.

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