Water used for irrigation by residents is drinking water and is subject to all of the fees. In dry periods outdoor irrigation is a common cause of high water bills. The graduated fee is designed to discourage large volume water usage.
In the MUD 374 about 20 percent of the residents pay the minimum each month. About 10 Percent of the residents use six times the amount of the minimum users, or about 60,000 gallons of water each month.
The irrigation water for open space around the lakes, the flowering beds in the community entrances and the esplanades on Fry road comes from the lakes and is not charged to any homeowner.