Why are outdoor water rates slightly higher than indoor water rates?

The water rates are structured to recover system costs. Outdoor water rates were designed to encourage water-wise irrigation practices. Outdoor water use increases the demand on our water system, and therefore the operational costs of our facilities. Additionally, when water is used outdoors it is fully consumed and not returned to the system.

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1. What does the monthly fixed fee include?
2. How are my indoor water usage tiers established?
3. Why are outdoor water rates slightly higher than indoor water rates?
4. How do I move into higher tiers each month?
5. How can I monitor my water usage each month?