In an effort to promote water conservation, the California Water Service Company has scheduled a block-rate increase for customers in its Los Altos district (comprising Los Altos and portions of Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Cupertino and Sunnyvale), effective July 1.
For the average residential customer, the restructured system will result in higher water bills in the summer and lower bills in the winter, as the cost of water will increase as its usage increases.
The system bases charges on a tier system, in which customers are placed in the first tier (lowest) to third tier (highest) based on the amount of water used annually.
Customers will be charged the first-tier rate for the first 7,480 gallons of water used, the second-tier rate for water usage between 8,228 and 20,196 gallons used, and the third tier rate for any water usage above 20,196 gallons.
The current proposal lowers the water rate $1.52 per month for customers using the winter average of 8,976 gallons. Customers using the summer average of 24,684 gallons of water could expect their bills to increase by $1.66.
For more information, visit www.calwater.com.