Drought moves City of Placerville to adjusts bill for Yard Sprinklers
If you’re a Placerville resident who irrigated your yard between December 2013 and February 2014, your wastewater charges beginning in September might be higher than usual. Unseasonably warm weather and dry conditions led some residents to irrigate their yards, indirectly causing higher than usual wastewater charges, which are always calculated using winter water consumption.
Typically, ratepayers do little or no irrigation between December and February and so water charges beginning in September for the following 12 months are calculated using those consumption rates.
Irrigation water does not typically enter the wastewater system, so Placerville City Council took action to ensure that ratepayers who irrigated December-February won’t have to pay extra for the 12-month period following September 2014, because of artificially increased charges due to irrigation.
A one-time adjustment form was ...