Water rates are increasing by 5 percent in Sioux Center to help pay for growth and improvement of the community’s water system.
All water users will see the 5 percent increase in their water rates starting in June. Water bills are made up of a monthly service charge and a per-gallon usage rate. With the increase, the residential monthly service charge will increase by 74 cents. The residential usage rate will increase by about 19 cents for each 1,000 gallons.
The increase will help pay for recent and planned improvements to help the water system best serve local residents, businesses and industries, Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Husltein said.
Some of those recent improvements include a new deep well, a low-head dam to increase supply, pipe in new subdivisions and new pipe to replace older sections of pipe. The water department also continues to do ongoing preventative maintenance to continue the reliability of the water supply for our rapidly growing community.
In the future, a new water tower will be necessary to meet the needs of Sioux Center. Parts of the community’s water infrastructure are aging and there will be expenses to replace them as well.
The 5 percent water rate increase will also help cover inflation in operation and maintenance expenses for the community’s water system.
The city also continues to work toward connecting with the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. This will establish a long-term connection to improve the quality and increase the quantity of the community’s water supply.
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.