Conservation math doesn’t add up

Residents doing right thing, yet get penalized for it

Re: Water and sewer rates increase (News, Jan. 13)

I recently read that Oak Bay residents will pay more for water and sewer service, due to decreased consumption resulting in lower revenues.

I am not an economist, so this confuses me. It reads like residents doing the right thing and reducing consumption will be penalized for their good efforts with higher costs.

Shouldn’t the message be that residents have done their part by using less water so it’s time for government to trim administration of the service?

Otherwise, one might argue residents should water their lawns often and flush twice to prevent paying more. I must be missing something.

Eric Shafonsky

Oak Bay

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