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Posted on: March 15, 2018

Water Rate Increase Considered as Community Grows

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As Sioux Center continues to grow, the community’s water system must also grow and be improved to best serve local residents, businesses and industries.


Recent upgrades and planned improvements are factors in a proposed water rate increase this summer. The Sioux Center City Council is considering a 5 percent water rate increase effective starting in June.


“We are preparing for and meeting the needs of our growing community and making improvements to the aging parts of our system,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein. “A reliable water system is a vital part of each of our days, but it’s also important when we’re talking about what needs to be in place for Sioux Center to continue to grow.” 


In recent years, the city has dug a new deep well, built a low-head dam to increase supply, installed pipe in new subdivisions, replaced older sections of pipe, and performed ongoing maintenance to improve the quality and reliability of our community’s water supply.


A system study identified the need for a new water tower to improve service, and the city continues to increase efforts in our preventative maintenance programs.


“Those programs have allowed us to meet higher demands on our system without having to expand our existing facilities,” explained Sioux Center water department head Harlan Kruid.


The City also continues to work toward connecting with the Lewis & Clark Regional Water system, which will increase the quality and quantity of the community’s water supply. 


The proposed water rate increase, which also helps with ongoing inflation in operation and maintenance expenses, will help cover these costs to improve the community’s water system.


The last water rate increase for Sioux Center Municipal Utilities customers was a 4 percent increase in 2016.


Sioux Center Municipal Utilities’ water system is served by 16 local wells and a local water treatment facility and provides water to more than 2,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers.

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