From The Sterling Journal-Advocate (Sara Waite):
Sterling City Manager Don Saling said Tuesday that water use in September was lower than a year ago, but revenue was up.
Saling shared graphs with the Sterling City Council at their meeting that showed monthly water production and demand for 2013-2017. Those figures have dropped for September in each of the last two years.
However, Saling said monthly revenue for the water enterprise fund was $564,014 for 2017, up from $501,946 in 2016. He attributed some of the increase to the flat $5 per 3/4-inch tap rate increase the council implemented in 2017, which accounted for around $21,000.
The rest of the increased revenue, he said, comes from 11 new accounts for the city as well as more accurate readings due to the new radio read water meters the city installed in 2016. The $1.5 million project was intended to make reading meters more time-efficient and also identified numerous leaks in the water system.