The Western Virginia Water Authority is starting a new program they say should save customers money. It's called winter averaging. They will take your January, February and March bills for water use, average them and find your daily rate. They will base the rest of the year's sewer costs off those bills.
"We billed assuming every drop of water that came into the house, also went down the drain. For customers who do summer irrigation, fill up a pool, wash their car, we knew that wasn't the case but we didn't have means to account for that," said Sarah Baumgardner.
Baumgardner says this is the industry standard but Western Virginia Water Authority didn't have a way to calculate it until they recently changed their billing system. They tell us if you are "water wise" over the next few months it can make a big difference in your bill. Check now for things like leaks and don't fill up a pool to help with costs for the rest of the year.
For more information visit the Western Virginia Water Authority website.