(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander City Council has begun adjusting some wording related to the recent water and sewer rate restructuring┬áthat went into effect at the start of the year.

A first reading of an ordinance amendment passed unanimously, only Councilman Dan Hahn was not in attendance, and in-part clarifies the process of tenants taking over bill payments from their landlords.

“We have a charge we will now be assessing when (customers) are not home for a period of time,” Clerk Robin Griffin told the council.

Before the rate changes late last year, when people were away and not using water, despite not having their water service turned off, they were charged no usage or distribution fees. In the initial round of changes, a charge of the minimum water allowance and sewer rates were to be applied.

However, this ordinance amendment changes it so no direct water consumption fees are assessed, but only the amount the city needs in order to pay debt service.

Those minimum charges are now $24.97 per month for water and $2.48 per month for sewer.

“I think it’s a very fair charge,” Mayor Mick Wolfe said, noting that there is a cost associated with being part of the system, not just using the water.

Two more readings of the ordinance amendments are required before they can be applied.