LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette water customers are one step closer to seeing a rate hike in their bill. The city council voted in favor of the rate hike for a second time Monday night.
It's the first increase since 2000.
The proposal now needs to be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
For homeowners using about 5,000 gallons of water a month, the monthly water bill would go from $12.13 to $16.51 – an increase of $4.38.
Then a year after that, the bill would increase by another $1.80. If approved, the more than $125 million project would happen in phases.
The first phase will be to build a new water tower, a pumping station, and water main projects.
"We need to have good, clean water for the future. But I'm concerned about these citizens, the ones on a fixed-income, seniors," said Perry Barbee, a resident.
The next phase would be to work on additional water main projects.
Again, there hasn't been a water rate increase in 17 years.
Utility Consultant Jenny Leshney explained how the city was still able to afford clean water.
"We found different ways to make our chemicals in-house, different sources of supplies," said Leshney.
The hike will become effective if and when the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approves it.