So most of you know, in 2002 our area, Colorado Springs, went into water restrictions. First 3 days, then two, back to three, and eventually lifted in 2004 or 2005. Now they are going to "substantially" increase water rates because............... they aren't selling enough!!!! Our city utilities is city owned. I think it might be time to privatize. They were giving HUGE bonuses recently to employees as well. And yes, I brought this up probably 2 YEARS ago as well. http://www.gazette.com/articles/substantial_36588___article.html/ahead_hikes.html Colorado Springs residents' reward for conserving water will be a yearly string of rate increases beginning this summer. That's because cityowned Colorado Springs Utilities' water operation faces a $33 million revenue shortfall, largely because of lower water usage and plummeting housing starts. "We were begging people to conserve, and the community responded. They've done everything right," Councilman Scott Hente said. "I'm worried about the message. If you listen to us, we'll punish you."