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Wellington City proposes water conservation measures including exchanges, rebates and ascending water rates

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With the ongoing drought the past four years, the Wellington City Council is looking into various water conservation measures to help decrease the amount of water consumed by its city customers.Upon the recommendations of a water conservation committee, the city is proposing three conservation measures:1. Changing out water-saving devices such as faucet and shower heads with new low-flow devices offered by the city at no charge.2. Revising the water rate structure in which rates will increase with the increased amount of water used, as opposed to decreasing rates. 3. Offering water saving rebates for people switching out toilets to new low-flow toilets that meet specific criteria.At the current time, these are simply proposals. The council is currently looking for public input before initiating such proposals.While the city council and staff continues to do feasibility studies to find more water sources such as water wells, pumping at Chickaskia river, etc., the council has also been studying city water consumption.Wellington City Council member Kelly Green, who chairs the conservation committee, approached the council in a special meeting on April 29 with these solution.In the first option, she is recommending the city purchase 200 low-flow shower heads and 200 low-flow aerators in which citizens will go to the city office and exchange their old shower and faucet heads.The second option is a bit more complicated, but water rates would be in ascending order instead of descending in order to encourage water conservation. Currently, rates are based on the amount consumed, the more you use the more your rates will go down based on bulk rate pricing. The proposal is, the more water a customer consumes the rates will increase.Wellington City Manager Gus Collins said staff recommends the first 2,000 gallons be $10 and a slight increase on the next three different rate tiers.“The majority of our customers use between 0 and 18,000 gallons for residential,” Collins said in the April 29 Special Meeting minutes.Staff is recommending $3.39/per thousand from 2 to 10,000 gallons and then 10 cent increments from 10,000 to 40,000 gallons. Anything in excess of 40,000 gallons would be $3.59.As far as the third option, if customers change out their old toilets for low-flow conservation ones, then they will receive a $50 rebate.“The Water Conservation Committee is working to address the three parts of the water conservation program to help ensure the longevity of our public water supply for current and future generations,” said Cody Sims, Wellington Economic Development Director. “The city is working diligently to identify and establish new water supplies to help supplement our lake, our existing wells, and our river source.“Water conservation is not unique to Wellington, as municipalities throughout Kansas (and the Great Plains/Mountain Regions) are working to offset greater risks to public water supplies that are being stressed by the drought we have been in for the last couple of years.”Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (27) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 324 weeks ago Don’t even THINK of talking to me about low flow toilets. That is what I got when a contractor rebuilt a stool in my home before I moved, and I found out last fall by accident when I put in another rebuild kit because the stool leaked the adjustment was never made to bring the level up for a complete flush. My water bill has been down for six months by $20.00 a month. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down john · 324 weeks ago I will take option 4. Quit selling water to fracking companies Report Reply 1 reply · active 324 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down waytogo · 324 weeks ago Way to go Wellington. It is about time we get on the ball. I think also if you put a limit on when people watered their yards with water sprinklers. In the part of Wichita that I live in you can only water on certain days. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down VOTE NO SKLBOND · 324 weeks ago Penny’s diner was sure watering the highway the other day is you sat there long enough at the light you got a free car wash. Those are the ones you should be confronting running water out into the street and watering while its raining. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Drowning · 324 weeks ago Oh Boy did you “City of Wellington” open a big can of worms! This is nothing new to the residents of Wellington. We have know about the water shortage for years but every time we get a big rain then life is good. Might as well get it out know how much of a tax increase are you going to need to fix this problem? Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Larry · 324 weeks ago Where I live in New Mexico, they put in restrictions and also asked the citizens to help and conserve water. The citizens did such a great job that the water companies revenue income was so bad that they were going in the red, thanks to the saving of water. The company fixed that and raised the water rates by 8 dollars a month on each house hold to get there revenues back up. That’s how you thank them for doing there part. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down jim · 324 weeks ago Stop rampant golf course consumption of reources – natural and monetary. Report Reply 16 replies · active 323 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Misinformation? · 324 weeks ago Wait, so you are telling me that someone might have jumped to conclusions without having all of the information? Hard to fathom. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down VOTE NO SKLBOND · 324 weeks ago This is exactly why GUS/City water superintendent should not have allowed water to be sold to the FRACKING COMPANY. What an ignorant move that was. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 324 weeks ago Just tell everyone “it’s to keep the kids safe”. That seems to do it every time. 😉 Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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