Conservation causing water bills to go up in Germantown

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — Watering your yard is getting expensive, and people in Germantown aren’t pleased.

Chris Montgomery said, “Price is going up for no reason. That’s just crazy.”

The city is raising the cost of sewer and water services 30 percent, and you should notice the difference on your next bill

City leaders say people aren’t using enough water to pay for the cost of water service.

Patrick Lawton is Germantown’s City Administrator.

He said, “Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of water we’ve been selling.”

Lawton says Germantown has lost $1 million in water services over the last five years, and they had to do something before it got any worse.

“Certainly people are not running their sprinklers as much. We’ve had some rainy seasons over the past couple of years.”

People in in the area say they have noticed the uptick in rain; in fact, the recent round of storms washed out Montgomery’s flower beds.

“Yeah usually people around here have some irrigation systems. I haven’t seen them going anywhere near as much as they were in the past.”

Montgomery admits he doesn’t always comb through his bills, but he expects 30 percent will be noticeable enough, especially in the summer when everyone is out playing in the water.

“It gets emailed to me. I don’t pay much attention just see how much it is and pay. I’m going to have to start taking a look now.”

2 comments

  • yadddahaha

    Over the past five years, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the amount of water we’ve been selling.”
    Then cut your costs! Idiots!

  • langor1

    So the price is going up because of more responsible use of a precious resource by the public. I suppose G’towners should stop recycling now before the cost of garbage service goes up.

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