Newport Beach officials are considering a plan that could have consumers paying more or less for water — depending on how good they are at water conservation — if studies support the process and city leaders agree.
Places like San Juan Capistrano and the Irvine Ranch Water District have already implemented such plans, but to most water districts, the idea of tiered pricing is new.
Tiered pricing is a method of water allocation that aims to motivate consumers to conserve. A base allocation, an amount of water that officials would deem appropriate, would be applied to each individual property for a base rate. If a household went over its allotted amount, it would be charged an increased rate for the additional water.