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Delphi water rates increase by more than 40 percent

Delphi water rates are increasing 42.6 percent.

Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 12:49 AM
Updated: Oct. 10, 2018 1:02 AM

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — Delphi water rates are increasing 42.6 percent.

This is after the rate ordinance passed last night by a vote of 3-2.

There are community members who see why this is necessary, while others say they don't support this decision. 

"They're discouraged," said Krista Watson about community members. "They don't feel like anyone is listening to them. They're being ignored yet they are the ones who are going to pay the price."

The price is what Delphi water customers will see immediately on their next bill December 1st.

"We're at a place we have to do something, said councilman Dick Traeger. "The biggest complaint is nobody wants to pay more for water and I understand that. I'm like everybody else."

Everybody within city limits is seeing the rate increase because of maintenance, new infrastructure and new water wells.

The reason for this is because the city's water tables have been diminishing the past 25 years.

One local business owner said this was necessary for the city.

"Where we are now and the fact that it needed to be done, I think the plan that they're going with and updating everything and giving us a good sound infrastructure is probably what we needed," said the co-owner of Wallman's Matt McKead.

This is a need that found a solution, but Watson has a couple of questions.

"How are we going to pay for this?" said the owner of Delphi's Hardware & Paint. "How are the residents going to live? If we cant bring more people here to live, businesses like mine will not survive."

Delphi maintains the rates will still be lower than comparable cities.

"People will not have as much money to spend for one thing but its more, the heart of the business is the people of Delphi," said Watson.

The people of Delphi will see a second increase in water rates, but there is no timetable on how much that will be.

The city says the solution keeps the future in mind.

"You have to plan," said Traeger. "I mean that's part of governing is you have to plan to continue to make sure the city progresses and goes on."

Councilman Traeger says with the passing of phase one they can now start maintenance updates.

According to a Delphi press release, phase one addresses concerns with the declining water levels. 

It will include the controls, buildings and treatment for the wells as well as a new ground storage tank.

Delphi Mayor Shave Evans says construction will begin in the spring. 

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