Lincoln Council OKs Special Drought Water Rates

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Lincoln has all its ducks in a row if the city declares there's a drought emergency.

The City Council on Monday approved drought rates for water and civil fines for violations of water restrictions.

Officials have said the rates would encourage conservation and keep the city Water Department's finances from suffering as less water is used, resulting in less revenue for the department. The drought rates apply only to the volume of water used and don't affect other parts of a customer's bill, such as basic water and sewer fees.

The civil fine system includes a $50 fine for the first offense, $250 for the second and $350 for the third. The civil fines replace the criminal fines that were assessed last year and left violators with misdemeanor records.

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