Lafayette water customers closer to seeing rate hike

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.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 10:15 AM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 10:53 AM

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.

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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.

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