Effective today, the City'€™s water rates have increased. This will allow City Utilities to continue to provide reliable service and safe drinking water.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recently approved the rate change. City Council approved the rate change last fall.

The increase will allow the City to modernize electrical, pumping and water storage at critical facilities such as the St. Joe Dam and the Water Filtration Plant. Additional projects will help increase pressure and flow in the water distribution system and replace failing water main systems.

A small residential user (five units) will see an increase of around $2.95 per month. A family residential user (ten units) will see an increase of around $4.44 per month. The typical City Utilities water bill is between $12-$20 per month.

City Utilities water customers will not see the full impact of the rate increase on their September bill since they will be paying the old rate for a number of days from August and the new rate for a number of days in September. The full increase will be noticed on their October bill.

“We look forward to beginning several new projects to enhance our high-performing water system,” said Greg Meszaros, Director of Public Works and City Utilities. “Water is a vital resource that our community depends on each day. We appreciate the residents'€™ who voiced their support for the rate change throughout several public meetings last year.”

The last time water rates were increased was in July 2001.

Residents can learn more about the water rate changes in their September City Utilities bill stuffer.