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  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jul 3, 4:18 p.m.

    Rain, rain. PLEASE stay! Come every day!! NOT!

  • daderay Jul 3, 3:07 p.m.

    I am far from an expert on the subject, but it sounds as if the problem is in the business model if prices for delivery of water goes up when the supply goes up and the demand goes down!

  • jblake1932 Jul 3, 12:42 p.m.

    They worry when it's hot and dry, then worry when it's warm and wet! Geesh!

  • Reformed Liberal Jul 3, 11:41 a.m.

    "The City of Raleigh said the rainfall, combined with increasing conservation efforts and a down economy, have meant less revenue trickling in to the Public Utilities Department, resulting in several rate hikes in recent years."

    Ahhh.... Capitalism at its finest. Nothing communist about it.

  • Rebelyell55 Jul 3, 11:20 a.m.

    That water usage rate deal sound like a page out of the gas companies play book, they use less, so charge more to keep the profits up.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 3, 10:55 a.m.

    "The council has done what is required to kind of adjust the rates as we go to keep the business model intact," said John Carman, the city's public utilities director."

    Sorry but you are operating a scam. Water should be included as basic services paid for by property taxes. People should not have allowed the city to scam them this way. People should demand the elimination of these add-on taxes. That is after-all what they are. Politicians separate this stuff out as a means of trying to hide how much money they are actually taking out of your pockets.

  • YourConscience Jul 3, 10:52 a.m.

    Stop raising the rates and maybe people would use the water more. We take a two minute (120 second) shower in Wendell because our rate is 4 times higher than those in Raleigh. FOUR TIMES HIGHER because I don't live in city limits and they cant charge us city taxes, but we are forced to use city water. They are taxing us through the water!!! Our household used just 4 units of water last month and our bill was $122.00, We get no trash service or police service from the city, but they charge us FOUR TIMES MORE than Raleigh for WATER. And every time Raleigh raises the rates (which they just voted to do), its exponentially a 4 times higher rate hike for us in the Wendell area. What a SCAM!!! We have the highest water rates in the SOUTH!!! And its going to get worse. I'm MOVING, GOODBY WENDELL!

  • eduncan Jul 3, 9:30 a.m.

    The more you raise the prices the less the usage.

  • RKBA Jul 3, 8:23 a.m.

    "The City of Raleigh said the rainfall, combined with increasing conservation efforts and a down economy, have meant less revenue trickling in to the Public Utilities Department, resulting in several rate hikes in recent years."

    This is something to pay attention to. Public utilities, having fixed overhead and little opportunity to adjust their workforce to match demand (as any private entity would) encourages consumption by penalizing conservation with higher costs.

    And does anyone believe the costs would go DOWN if consumption went up? If so, I have some land to sell you...

  • ncsislamesauce Jul 3, 8:21 a.m.

    This is great for sowing my grass seed though. I shouldn't have had to put any fertilizer out though, now I'm mowing a jungle on a weekly basis.

  • ax2grind Jul 3, 8:05 a.m.

    Definitely hoping the farmers can recover. I can only look out my kitchen window at my pitiful vegetable garden and try to gauge what it's like for a farmer to look out across hundreds of acres. Good luck to them!!! Regarding the City of Raleigh water revenues being down, I remember back when they implemented very strict usage and would penalize heavily for violators - then, when everyone complied to reduce water usage, they raised the rates because everyone complied to reduce water usage. Maybe if I just heaviliy watered my yard on 'off' days and paid the fine, everyone's rates would have stayed the same. :-)

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