Why does Monte Vista Water District use budget-based tiered rates?

The District's budget-based tiered rate structure rewards efficient water use while equitably allocating water supply costs and balancing revenue needs for single-family residential customers and irrigation customers. Budget-based tiered rates fairly allocate the cost of water service based on water needs and water supply and operational/maintenance costs. The method recognizes the difference between indoor and outdoor use and rewards customers who use water efficiently with lower water rates.

Water budgets represent an appropriate amount of water to meet customers' efficient water use needs. If customers exceed their budget, they are considered to be using water inefficiently and pay a higher rate to cover higher costs associated with discretionary or excessive water use.

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1. How much water is in a billing unit?
2. What is the "readiness-to-serve" charge?
3. What is a "pass through" charge?
4. What are budget-based tiered rates?
5. Why does Monte Vista Water District use budget-based tiered rates?
6. What is a water budget?
7. What are water budgets based on?
8. Why do I have to pay a higher rate for my outdoor water use?
9. What if I need more water than my budget gives me?
10. How can I reduce my water use to stay within my budget?
11. What are "demand reduction rates?"
12. Why does Monte Vista Water District periodically raise rates?