The City Council is planning to hold a public hearing to consider an increase to the monthly water rates at their Tuesday, Sep. 14 meeting. The City Council will consider increasing the consumption charge from $4.23 per unit (one unit is equal to 100 cubic feet or 748 gallons) to $4.89 per unit. In addition, the monthly fixed charge for a residential meter will increase by $1.50, raising it from $17 per month to $18.50 per month, with proportional increases for larger meters. The increase is proposed to be effective Friday, Oct. 1.
For the average residential customer who consumes eight units of water per month and is served with a 5/8” meter, the additional cost is estimated to be $6.78 more per month or $81.36 per year. The revenues from the rate increase will be used for water system repair and maintenance, additional drinking water supply and storage facilities, and improving the resiliency of the city’s water system.