Why is my water bill higher than last year at this time?

Water and sewer costs are determined by the prevailing rate per 1,000 cubic feet of water used during each billing period. Rate adjustments are based on a detailed cost-of-service analysis to ensure that each utility customer pays a proportionate share of the cost to provide services. Effective July 1, 2019, there was no increase in water or sewer consumption rates. There was a slight increase in the Readiness-to-Serve charge (base charge) with the average customer paying $1.02 more per month. All meters have this monthly fee charged regardless of usage, and it varies by the size of the meter. Irrigation charges have a set uniform rate.

Water and sewer rates are based on volume and cover the majority of the cost of water and sewer treatment, water distribution and sewer collection. Tax revenue is not used to fund our services. The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission approves rate changes as part of the Utilities Department budget, which is also submitted to the City of Winston-Salem budget and approved by the City Council. 

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1. Why is my water bill higher than last year at this time?
2. What is the Readiness-to-Serve Charge and why does the charge depend on the size of my water meter?
3. Where is my water meter located?
4. Why was I charged a Service Initiation Fee?
5. I have a question about underground utilities. How do a make this request?
6. What is in our tap water that causes a pink film?
7. What causes the "earthy taste" that sometimes affects our water?
8. How do I request that my water to be tested?
9. How do I report what appears to be a sewage-related odor?