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JCSA Water Rates Reminder

Date: June 29, 2005
Contact: Larry Foster, JCSA General Manager

Phone: (757) 253-6806


The JCSA reminds customers to expect higher water bills if you irrigate your lawn during the summer. Larry Foster, JCSA General Manager, relates that "last summer we had customers whose water bills were double and triple their normal bill as a result of outdoor water use."


Residential water rates are on an Inverted-Block Rate Structure based on usage. In essence, the more water used, the more it costs per gallon. The rate system was instituted by the JCSA to encourage the prudent use of water - a limited resource. Water rates increase from $2.71 to $7.60 per 1,000 gallons for all water used over 30,000 gallons per quarterly billing period.


In the summer, the JCSA experiences huge increases in demand as a result of outdoor water use. Because the JCSA gets its water from groundwater wells, it has a finite pumping capacity. Sustained high water demand over long periods can cause mechanical failure of equipment further stressing the JCSA's ability to meet basic water needs and reducing systems pressures and fire capability.


The JCSA has also implemented a system that designates the days JCSAcustomers can irrigate their lawn based on the day of the week and the house number. This effort has proven very successful in reducing daily peak water demands and resulting stress on the water system.


The JCSA encourages water conservation, which in turn reduces the costs of service to JCSA customers. For more information, visit or call the JCSA's Customer Service at (757) 253-6800.


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