East Norriton residents are currently billed quarterly for water usage that occurred six months ago, causing the township to foot the bill during the time lag.
According to The Times Herald, the billing practice has also generated concerns from residents, who often wonder why their January sewer bills – which reflect summertime water usage – are so high. The township's sewer rates are based on water usage.
The nine-month process, approved by the board of supervisors on Sept. 18, will add $750,000 to the township's revenue, beginning July 1, 2013.
According to the Herald, starting in July, property owners will receive three consecutive sewer bills for the equivalent of four months' worth of sewer charges. In April 2014, after three such billing cycles, sewer bills will go back to including three months of sewer charges.
For example, the July 2013 bill will include residents' usage from December 2012, January, February and March 2013.
Read more about the move here.