Chicago and its surrounding suburbs are bracing for the inevitable – much higher rates for the drinking water that too many of us take for granted and as limitless. Those rates are expected to double in the next three years, and our first reaction may be to cry “Foul!” But the truth is, we have all been undercharged for our municipal water for decades because the cost of the infrastructure to deliver that water (now and in the future) far exceeds the rates we have been paying. If our municipalities are to continue supplying us with all the water we need, we are going to have to expect to pay more for the service.
With regard to those higher rates, most of us can probably neutralize the cost increase just by making minor changes in the way we use water. It could be as simple as turning off the water between swipes of our toothbrushes and razors as we rinse, taking slightly shorter showers and adding a timer to our irrigation hoses.Eric Zorn, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, offered a similar argument in his November 16 article, “Getting Soaked? Doing the math on the new water plan.” I liken the current situation to a world where gasoline is essentially free and limitless and we leave the engine running all night because it is easier than turning the ignition on and off. As soon as the gas has a real cost to us per gallon, we’ll make a number of changes quickly to reduce our use – and cost – of the resource.
Avoid being soaked by higher water rates by reducing your sage
Of course, Wahaso is in the business of helping folks reduce their costs for municipal water through rainwater harvesting, greywater harvesting and other strategies to reuse water available onsite for non-potable uses like toilet flushing, irrigation and cooling tower make-up. By all means, make the simple changes first that can reduce the amount of municipal water your family of facility uses. Then change out the toilets and shower heads and faucet heads to reduce the gallons per use. And when you are ready to replace that municipal water being used for non-potable purposes through water harvesting, contact us! Then you can look smug when the rising municipal water rates pay back the cost of your system in half the time.