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If the City had irrigation-specific water meters, would it help my sewer bill?

Not necessarily. To mitigate the effects of high irrigation months on a customer’s sewer bill, the City of Melissa uses Winter Quarter Averaging for residential customers. Every year, each customer’s December, January, and February water meter readings are averaged together to arrive at a sewer consumption amount to be billed for the next 12 months. Since these wintertime months are generally indicative of basic and essential water usage, customers are not being charged sewer consumption for what is usually higher water usage due to irrigation in the summer months.

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1. What type of water meter does the city use?
2. How does my meter work?
3. How can I check for a leak?
4. How can I test my meter for accuracy?
5. I've conducted my own bucket test and I still don't believe my meter is working properly. What are my options?
6. Do mechanical meters slow down or speed up over a lifespan?
7. What is Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)?
8. How does the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system work with my meter?
9. Is the Meter Transmission Unit (MTU) a meter?
10. How can I test my Meter Transmission Unit (MTU) for accuracy?
11. If the City had irrigation-specific water meters, would it help my sewer bill?
12. Will the City consider extending the leak adjustment application acceptance window to longer than within 30 days of the leak repair?
13. How are water rates established each year through the Water Rate Study?
14. What is a "take or pay" contract?
15. Why use a tiered rate structure?
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