Some residents have stopped watering their lawns after utility cost hikes

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Some residents have stopped watering their lawns after utility cost hikes

‘It’s brown, but it won’t die,’ says one homeowner
Mary Shaw walks her dog, Oscar, with her daughter Lynda Berger, left, on Wednesday in her and husband Joe’s backyard on Crestview Drive. The yard has yellowed after their decision to stop watering the grass following utility rate hikes in Durango. Last July, the couple’s water bill was almost $400.
Mary Shaw and husband, Joe, have let their grass turn yellow after a series of expensive water bills last summer. January marked the third year of utility rate hikes in Durango. Durango City Council voted in 2014 to raise water and sewer rates starting in 2015, in part to pay for water infrastructure improvements.
Alice DeKay’s frontyard, which she said is looking much better after the recent monsoonal rains. DeKay is another Durango resident who opted to stop tending to her lawn after utility rake hikes, as well as a discrepancy in her bill.

Some residents have stopped watering their lawns after utility cost hikes

Mary Shaw walks her dog, Oscar, with her daughter Lynda Berger, left, on Wednesday in her and husband Joe’s backyard on Crestview Drive. The yard has yellowed after their decision to stop watering the grass following utility rate hikes in Durango. Last July, the couple’s water bill was almost $400.
Mary Shaw and husband, Joe, have let their grass turn yellow after a series of expensive water bills last summer. January marked the third year of utility rate hikes in Durango. Durango City Council voted in 2014 to raise water and sewer rates starting in 2015, in part to pay for water infrastructure improvements.
Alice DeKay’s frontyard, which she said is looking much better after the recent monsoonal rains. DeKay is another Durango resident who opted to stop tending to her lawn after utility rake hikes, as well as a discrepancy in her bill.
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