Berea May Charge Penalty If People Use Too Much Water

Officials with the Berea Municipal Company say the demand for water is up 300,000 to 400,000 gallons more than this time last year.
And while penalties haven't gone into effect yet, they wanted to have a plan in place to prevent over usage.
Officials are asking Berea residents to cut back their usage by 5 to 10 percent.
That's about 100-200 gallons per day.
Many people are choosing to do that by cutting back on things such as watering the grass and filling swimming pools.
Right now, the city is in the first stage of water conservation, which is voluntary.
But if necessary, the next stage would be mandatory. The Municipal Company will start charging $3.14 for every 1,000 gallons a customer goes over his or her average usage.
On the third stage, it moves to $6.28 per 1,000 gallons.
And in the fourth stage, it's $12.56 per 1,000 gallons.


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  • by Dawn Location: Richmond on Jun 29, 2007 at 08:54 AM
    OK...I can understand the need to cut back on water usage, because we haven't had enough rain. But, Karen & Mike make a good point. If more people move into the area, obviously the city's water usage is going up. The people who already live there won't say "OH LOOK, a new house is going up across the street, I guess we better cut back so we can share our water with them". It just doesn't work that way. And, what exactly will the "fine" money be used for? Will you buy more water?? Probably not, because obviously there's no water to be bought.
  • by mike Location: berea on Jun 29, 2007 at 06:17 AM
    seems to me the city and county could quit letting so many houses built or build more lakes if they continue
  • by April Location: Lexington on Jun 27, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    Who is to say when too much is being used??????
  • by Karen Location: Berea on Jun 27, 2007 at 04:26 AM
    Our family has GLADLY cut back on drinking the foul water. Whatever is being used to treat it now (within the last three weeks) smells like sweat socks and tastes awful. Have they taken into account that Developers have gone nuts and there are many more housing units than last year?

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