You remember all of those calls for strict water conservation that we've been hearing throughout the Southeast over the past year, as we've been dealing with a pretty significant drought? Who would've thunk it, but local governments have just noticed the classic economic law that less production equals more cost:
Fulton County officials praised county water users Wednesday for their success at conservation — then socked them with a 15 percent rate increase for their effort.
The conservation penalty the County Commission adopted Wednesday 6-0 matches the increase Atlanta utility officials asked to impose earlier this year but which the City Council so far has resisted. The average water/sewer bill should increase nearly $9 per month to a total of about $68 per month, water officials said.