Letter: David Dickinson, Leesburg

Editor: Loudoun Water’s discriminatory billing practices must come to an end. On Friday, a Maryland judge ruled that the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s tiered billing structure illegally discriminates against larger households. Loudoun Water’s tiered billing structure does the same.

Loudoun Water charges $2.30 per 1,000 gallons for the first 25,000 gallons but then increases the rate exponentially to $6.41 for using 25,001-50,000 gallons and then again to $8.58 above 50,000 gallons.

Ostensibly, this is a “soak the rich” scheme to punish those with pools and irrigation systems because people with those amenities are more likely to have more income and, therefore, Loudoun Water can extract more money from them.  But that is not always the case. I have a large family in a new home with modern low-flow toilets and showers. We do have a sprinkler system that is used mainly for the kids to run through in the summer and we don’t have a pool. However, even in the dead of winter, our family exceeds the arbitrary and capricious 25,000-gallon limitation and pays dearly for it. Shall I have my children bathe less often? Flush the toilet less often? Drink more soda and less water? Shall I install outhouses to cut down on water usage?

Why does Loudoun Water constantly and continuously punish large families? Why are members of small families charged less per person than members of large families? Why doesn’t Loudoun Water treat all people equally?

David Dickinson, Leesburg

One thought on “Letter: David Dickinson, Leesburg

  • 2017-02-23 at 7:51 am

    The average family of four consumes 400 gallons of water per day. An average family of 8 would consume 24000 gallons per month.

    A public utility must plan for overages. Overages require more infrastructure, and fulfill less regular demand. The cost of infrastructure per unit of usage is higher for those overages. That’s why the overage costs more. This is how supply and demand economics works.

    The EPA has simple water saving tips. You’d better capture these quickly, before the page is taken down.


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