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Of course higher rates encourages conservation.
In Muskoka it's possible to cut your municipal water usage by 80% and save $1,000/year with extreme water conservation and substituting FREE non-potable water for toilets, plants, lawns and other uses.
Most of your usage does not have to be potable water.
FREE non-potable water includes rainwater, snow melt, ground/sump pump water, a/c and dehumidifier condensate and gas furnace condensate. Condensate is super clean so doesn't need to be filtered but gas furnace condensate is slightly acidic so shouldn't be used on plants.
In areas where sump pumps are common you may find a shallow <10' well provides all the non-potable water you can use. YouTube can show you how to dig this.
A fully automatic DIY non-potable water supply for a toilet can be only $100.
Much cheaper than a new, low flow toilet for ZERO municipal water usage.
For ideas on extreme conservation search "Oppose Bracebridge Sewers" for the website.
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