Change water tiers, rates

There are various views about water conservation and water charges in Abbotsford.

There are various views about water conservation and water charges in Abbotsford.

I believe everyone will concur that the water is a resource that must be carefully managed.

We do not want a situation where there is a risk of having a shortage or possibility of running out of water.

We acknowledge that water is a necessity for every one of us.

It is also a fact that some people use less water, and on the other hand some have larger use.

Water conservation is the need of the hour. It is also not fair for low water consumers to subsidize large water consumers.

At the same time, excessive water charges are distressing, especially to large families, seniors and physically impaired people. Water rates should be planned in such a way that they are fair, equitable and everyone pays according to the amount of water used – whether single unit, multiple units, basements – legal or illegal.

A group of concerned Abbotsford citizens have created the following petition and plan to bring it the next council meeting.

1. There should be one basic uniform per cubic meter rate for all residential water users

2. Consumers to be charged according to the amount of water used

3. In order to give a non-discriminatory break to all citizens, the current tiers system of water consumption to revised as per following:

a. The current first tier level of 0–60 (m3) be raised to  0–120 (m3)

b. Level 2 of 61–90 (m3) to be changed to  121–180 (m3)

c. Level 3 of 91+ (m3) should be changed to 181 plus (m3)

4. The basic water rate charges for Level 1 should remain at current level of $1.13 per cubic meter

5. Increases to Level 2 and 3 should be in line with normal fiscal policy principles

6. Water billing should be annual or twice a year. That will result in huge revenue savings for the city and less hassle for the consumers.

People are requested that if you agree with the above then send your affirmation directly to the city council or send email to “jobbermh@yahoo.com” and your name will be added to the petition.

This is a democratic approach and we thank you for doing your part.

Musleh Hakki