Flagstaff has long used tiered water rates for residential customers as an incentive to conserve water (under tiered rates, the price per gallon increases as usage rises). Do you favor extending tiered rates to commercial and industrial customers?
I think the city should change its commercial water rate structure so that commercial users have the same incentive to conserve water as residential users. Today, residential water users have a tiered rate system, whereby the more water you use, the higher per gallon rate you pay. Commercial users face a flat rate. This means that commercial users do not have as much incentive to conserve.
Yes. I believe that commercial, NAU, manufacturing, industrial and lawn/landscaping meters should be held to the same level of accountability as residential. By utilizing the tiered system among all community partners, we as a city, can truly make a commitment to water conservation holistically. Holding everyone to the same standards will incentivize everyone to be more cognizant of our water usage. There is an actual, quantifiable factor that will truly determine how much development we can sustain over the next 100 years. This factor is right beneath our feet. It’s our water supply.
I pushed for significantly tiered rates when I served on the Water Commission, and support the concept for commercial and industrial customers. I believe there is significant support for this. It would likely have been implemented already except that there is not consensus on how it would be implemented, for example, based on meter size, type of industry, or whatever.
One of the best ways we can conserve water is through less use. I do favor commercial and industrial customers also using the tiered rate structure since this will incentive more of the heavier users of water to save costs through less use. This is a good opportunity for innovation and I hope to see firms take advantage in saving towards their own bottom lines.