The City of Rossland has quickly rejected an initial idea of using pipe size to determine steep increases to water and sewer rates.
Mayor Kathy Moore says staff have received updated info suggesting that would be unfair.
Some businesses have wide pipes but use little water while others are quite the opposite.
But the general concept of a base rate then charging for consumption would still stand.
Water rates are set to increase 11% a year for the next 14 years to catch up on neglected infrastructure.
A public meeting is still set for November 12th but it seems unlikely new rates will kick in by January as the city had intended.