Why Are Your Water Bills Increasing?

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s a common question. If consumption of water remains constant, or even goes down because of conservation, why does your rate go up? Unfortunately for consumers, there is no simple answer.
A number of factors contribute to fluctuating water bills. The primary reasons include the need to repair and/or replace aging water system infrastructure (the tens of thousands of miles of pipes buried underground) and stricter environmental regulations. These factors are coupled with decreases in federal and state funding.
While substantial federal support had been available for water and wastewater infrastructure in the past, this support has dropped significantly. This leaves the costs associated with maintaining and expanding drinking water systems to the utilities and their ratepayers.
Water utilities, and their
customers, face an enormous price to replace old pipes, many of which are 50 years old or older. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the cost to replace old water distribution systems nationwide to be $400 billion over the next 20 years.
At present, the U.S. loses nearly two trillion gallons of clean water annually, at a cost of $2.6 billion, to broken and leaky pipes. Pipes in this poor condition also increase the risk of exposure to water-borne diseases.
Providing safe and affordable drinking water is at the heart of every water utility’s mission. This commitment, along with increasingly stringent federal and state water-quality standards, has improved drinking water but also increased the cost of providing that water.
Water utilities understand the need to keep rates as low as possible. That’s why hundreds of utilities across the country are members of organizations such as the Water Research Foundation (www.waterrf.org). The Foundation provides the opportunity for utilities to pool their resources to conduct drinking water research.
By keeping abreast of emerging treatment and delivery methods and sharing best practices, utilities can continue to provide the highest-quality water.

Reasons to Let a Pro Winterize Your RV

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Camping season is coming to a close, and it’s time to put your RV in storage. But are you equipped for do-it-yourself winterizing?

Many blogs and other Web sites will tell you “yes,” but a mistake could lead to costly repairs come spring. For example, if you fail to drain all the water from your RV’s pipes and lines, the water will expand as soon as temperatures drop below freezing. When you turn on the water next spring, you’ll likely find a flooded mess.

A technician’s expert eyes will notice problems that you might not recognize. Look for a certified RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician, who must continue their education after receiving certification. They offer premium, up-to-date service.

You can take some steps to prepare your RV for long storage. For example, if you have any battery-operated clocks or electronic equipment, remove the batteries. Turn off TV antenna boosters and clocks.

After you get it winterized, store your RV on a level surface. If you live in an area with insect problems, you might want to spray ant repellent around your tires. Lift your RV off of the ground with wooden blocks.

Now what should you leave to a professional? The Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association offers these instances where a professional can help save you money down the road:

– Fixing leaks. You might not notice a subtle leak or know how to repair it properly. RV technicians listen for leaks when they pressurize the water system. If they hear a leak, they repair it immediately.

– Removing water. Some luxury RVs have complicated water systems. RV technicians are familiar with many types of water distribution systems and manifolds and won’t miss small lines that you could easily overlook. Technicians also know how to route antifreeze through the cold water lines — an important protective step — without filling the tank.

– Emptying holding tanks. You don’t want to leave waste sitting in your RV until vacation season returns. RV technicians know to check the holding tanks as well as macerator pumps and their transmission lines.

For more information or to find a RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician near you, visit www.rvda.org.