Why do we have winter quarter averaging?

Unlike your drinking water, household sewer is not connected to a meter. Therefore, the city establishes an average rate for each customer during the winter months to determine a fixed amount to charge for wastewater service. Since most homeowners reduce irrigation, swimming pool, and other outdoor water activities in the winter months, overall water usage is typically lower compared to other months. Therefore, lower usage during this time translates into lower sewer charges in your utility bill for an entire year.

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1. How can I lower my winter quarter average?
2. Why do we have winter quarter averaging?
3. Why do I pay for sewer if I don’t have a separate meter?
4. What if I just opened my utility account with the city?