Despite the above-average snowpack and precipitation this winter, Colorado River water supplies are still falling short. Areas such as Phoenix are encouraging their residents to conserve water.
According to NBC affiliate 12 News, over the next 18 months, average homeowners could see their water bills increase by 42%, or $41.56 a month if the City enacts its proposed rate increase. Homes that conserve will avoid a surcharge and see a 28% increase over 18 months.
Residents are encouraged to reduce yard watering and to fix leaks to save on their water bills.
The Colorado River Tier 1 water shortage, costs of water treatment and other issues are contributing to the increased charges.