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In 2023, the City of Lakeville is implementing a new water utility rate structure, moving from a three-tier to a four-tier rate structure. The amount of dollars the City is collecting in utility fees is the same, we are just distributing the cost against the highest users of water. No profit is made from the water utility systems.
About 50-60% of residential customers (based on 2020 usage) will see little to no change in their billing, or a possible reduction in their water bill overall. However, the more water you use, the more you will pay, which creates an equitable structure.
Money from established neighborhoods and businesses (utility fees) is used for maintenance of the current system. Money collected from new building (development fees), pays for new systems that need to be installed.
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Water Conservation Is Critical
To help residents manage their individual water usage, the City will be rolling out a new system that will allow you to monitor your usage, get tips and personalized information for conservation, and manage your communications, such as leak alerts and forecasting of high water bills. Watch for more information about the mobile-enabled system, WaterSmart, this summer.
You should also monitor your irrigation systems, water only on your assigned day (based on the last digit of your house number for odd/even days of the calendar) and never water between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the water will evaporate during the heat of the day.
Smart irrigation systems are also encouraged - they will shut off automatically when rain is predicted.
Only one inch of water per week is required to keep a lawn green. This will help you keep your water bill at a manageable level.