Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun(usually water rates)
A charge made for the use of a public water supply.
- Residents could either be given a one-time charge on their utility bill or include the installation cost in the basic water rate.
- Prospective buyers are also helped with information on local taxes, water rates and utility costs.
- This is especially true when they also pay water rates and refuse collection charges, which local authority rates were originally meant to cover.
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