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"excessive water" usage on my part is paying for future bonuses?

We get a notice from Cape Fear Public Utility today telling us we have an excessive amount of water usage as of late, and that we should check for leaks. I've done that, and no leaks. Now, I wonder if they are using that as an excuse to raise my rates. I'll be checking my water meter and determining wether or not any excess water is used at night into the morning. If I see no change than I'm of the belief I'm being ripped off and my rates are being increased to fund future bonuses for employees. I'm not familiar with the "tiered structure", but sounds like this is putting me in a higher bracket. My rates have gone up $10 a month lately, and this is considered Fall/winter. So any extra water use cannot be justified since my patterns of water-usage have not changed since I've lived here, for almost 5 yrs. I'd suggest everyone check their meters. I don't trust CFPU for one moment and they should be called out for insidious activity if they're found to have their hands caught in a cookie jar.

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