We keep our rates simple with just two rate blocks, stair-stepping up based on your usage. Your "base" usage is billed at a Block 1 rate. To establish your regular consumption, we measure your water usage during the winter months (meter readings January to April) to set a daily average, called your Average Winter Consumption (AWC). The Block 1 rate applies to 125% of AWC. Block 2 is a premium rate for usage above 125% of your AWC. Block 2 rates incentivize conservation and more fairly distribute the costs of peak services. Those who use water at a pace that creates the greatest demands - or peaks - on the system pay a higher rate on that usage to help defray the future costs of infrastructure.