By Nancy Cook Lauer
West Hawaii Today:
Time to fix those leaky faucets. The less water you use, the more you’ll save, under a five-year rate plan to be considered Tuesday by the Hawaii County Water Board.
The board will consider a water rate study that has no water rate increases for those in the smallest usage categories for the first year, with larger increases for larger users through 2020. The board will also consider a $53.17 million annual budget, a 2 percent increase over this year, proposed by the Department of Water Supply.
“The rate increases being proposed are moderate and allow the department to accommodate infrastructure needs islandwide over the next five years,” said Finance Division Head Richard Sumada. “The proposed budget incorporates the proposed rate increase and factors in anticipated salary increases and standard operational expenses.”
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