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Are You Paying Too Much? Understanding your energy rate schedules

*Written by Dawn Nall.

For many water systems, the electric (or energy) bill is one of the largest expenses regularly incurred by the water utility.  It is also one of the most controllable expenses a water utility will have.  Most energy providers charge different rates for different types of customers, such as commercial and residential.  Understanding the energy rate schedule(s) charged to your water utility will insure that you aren’t paying for a service you don’t need.

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Toxic Water – Our Responsibility

*Written by Heather Himmelberger. 

“4 million Americans could be drinking toxic water and would never know” headlined USA Today on December 15th, 2016.  There is no question that lead in drinking water is a major concern and that making drinking water safe for everyone should be a paramount concern.  Much of the blame for the “toxic water” was laid at the doorstep of EPA and state regulators.  What the article fails to point out is that we – all of us – are complicit in the problem.

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