To the editor:
Are the North Conway Water Precinct water and sewer rates equitable to all customers? You be the judge.
Much to my surprise and without prior notice the fall water and sewer bill increased 28.7 percent. This while offering a lower rate to Cranmore for snow making than any other North Conway Water Precinct customer pays.
The rate charged Cranmore this fall was $1.80 per thousand gallons, while the rate charged for irrigation for my property rose to $3.90 per thousand when including all charges. My rate would be as high as $6.11 per thousand when a lower quarterly usage occurs, as in the past. For over 10 years! And others were told by the North Conway Water Precinct that sewer rates would decrease — no exceptions mentioned — when the majority of their customers were hooked up to sewer, as they are now. Later, it was stated that the decrease in sewer rates would offset the water rate increase.
The reduction in sewer rates not being offered to 14 residential irrigation customers is claimed to be an offset to an increase in electricity usage by North Conway Water Precinct during peak rate hours resulting in higher electric costs.
The same peak rate period when the population of 10,000 in Conway rises to as much as 30,000, with most of the increase of 20,000 people staying and or utilizing services within the North Conway Water Precinct.
I guess these visitors never flush toilets, bathe or use water in any other way.
Could the 20,000 visitors account for more usage than the 14 residential irrigation customers? All this while Cranmore was given a 28 percent lower rate from residential irrigation customers.
This rate allowed Cranmore is 54 percent lower than residential irrigation when the $60 per quarter charge, with no credit for gallonage, which had been 15,000 gallons, is calculated in.
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