Board of Public Utilities general manager Tim Maier reported to the McPherson City Commission on Monday of an increase in winter water consumption.
Maier said he wished to advise the public of how winter water consumption can affect their bills.
The water consumption of an individual is typically measured in units from water meters near the residence, with sewer charges based on units of water used.
During the winter months, however, Maier said water meters are often covered to prevent freezing. The last reading before those winter months, Maier said, is in November, with the meters not being read again until March.
The winter water bills are based on prior usage.
In March, the meters are uncovered and read. The bills are divided by the four winter months.
If customers use more water than the average payment, their monthly bills will go up in spring to make up the difference.
Because of the drought, some customers are watering their lawns and using more water during the winter.
Maier said he wanted to alert the public they may see higher bills in the spring because of this.
To prevent the increase, Maier recommended to simply be aware of outdoor water usage during the winter months.