Sudbury letter: City's water math backwards

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Why can’t the city eliminate the flat rate charges on water bills that are taxed at 112 per cent, which, on my last bill, equals $47.65? That means, before anyone uses a drop, they pay that amount.

Instead, make it like a gas station that sets a fixed rate per litre.

This is the water math: I used 14 cubic metres of water and my bill was $101.36, which works out to $7.24/cm. That splits into $3.83 for consumption and $3.52 as the fixed rate.

So, a person using 1 cm will pay $51.48. A person using 5 cm will pay the $47.65, plus $19.15 = $66.80 or $13.36/cm.

A person using 14 cm will pay the $47.65 plus $53.62 = $101.27 or 7.23/cm.

A person using 30 cm: $47.65 plus $114.90 = $162.45 or $5.41/cm.

A person using 100 cm: $47.65 plus $383.00 = $430.65 or $4.30/cm.

A person using 200 cm $47.65 plus $766.00 = $813.65 or $4.06/cm.

The more you use, the less you pay per cubic metre, which is a form of reverse conservation.

The city should set a single price/cm (like a gas station does per litre), let’s say $8.

The person using one cubic metre will pay $8, not $51.48; five cm will cost $40, not $66.80; 14 cm will cost $112, not $101.22; 30 cm will cost $240, not $162.45. The 100-cm user will pay $800, not $430.65. The 200 cm user will pay $1,600 not $813.

This shows high-end users (wasters) will more than adequately cover low-end flat rate losses.

Like a gas station, it costs my economy car a lot less gas for the same distance than the guy driving a Hummer, as it should be.

With water, it’s the reverse. The more you use, the less you pay/cm. It’s backwards.

Bob Daigle



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