What kind of impact will the new high school/middle school have on the water issue?

Water use was an important consideration in the design and approval of the new high school/middle school. The property has a well on-site and the school district will be installing a non-potable irrigation system using the well water to irrigate the ball fields and other landscaped areas. The well water that will be used for outdoor irrigation is not part of the Town’s water system, thus significantly reducing the impacts to the Town’s water supply and distribution systems. The new school will be utilizing Town water supplies for indoor use, and the school district will be paying the applicable Town water rates for usage. Although a school is a significant water customer of the Town, the hours that water is used at a school is offset from the high demand hours of residential uses. Since the hours of highest demand are offset, the Town’s ability to treat water to meet the demand is minimally impacted.

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1. How much will the rate increase for the average household?
2. Why is there a tier structure and what does it cost?
3. When was the last time rates were increased?
4. Why is the base rate increasing?
5. What if COVID-19 has impacted my ability to pay?
6. What is the town doing with the bulk dispensing water machine?
7. Has the Town considered increasing the cost for developers and new houses?
8. What is the average water usage per household in Wellington?
9. What other options will the town pursue to handle the water issues with the increased development and growth?
10. What water fees and rates are charged for new construction homes? How do new construction fees help pay for water infrastructure?
11. Have you considered incentives for xeriscaping current homes and restrictions on landscaping with new builds?
12. Have you considered conducting a long-term plan that reflects our values and needs for growth and community life?
13. What kind of impact will the new high school/middle school have on the water issue?
14. Will we be charged for 7,000 gallons regardless of how much water we use?
15. What is the timeline for the water rates decision?
16. Are there other options such as joining another water district or starting our own?
17. Has the cost of our water gone up?
18. How is the Town engaging residents to provide input on the proposed water rates?
19. When is the water plant being built?
20. Why is it so expensive and why are there restrictions when other communities are not having the same problems?
21. Can we remove grass lawns to save water?
22. Where can we find an explanation of why rates are being increased?
23. Why isn’t there an option of just a $2-$3 increase starting in October?
24. Why aren’t developers charged more to develop in Wellington?