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Posted on: June 15, 2019

Water Rate Change Considered as Community Grows

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With a growing community and ongoing maintenance of older parts of the water system, Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is recommending that the City Council consider increasing water rates.

“On one hand we have new development areas opening, and there are costs to putting in new infrastructure there. On the other hand, we have older areas in town where we are doing replacements to maintain our system,” said Utility Manager Murray Hulstein. “These are good things, but when we’re moving toward some necessary bigger projects like adding a new water tower on the south side of town, we need to be ready for that.”

The City Council is considering a 6% rate increase this fall, going into effect September 2019, and a 6% rate increase the following year, going into effect September 2020.

A second reading of the proposed changes is on the city council meeting agenda for Tuesday, June 18, and a third reading will need to be held in July for approval.

The Sioux Center Water Department provides quality water to 2,536 customers drawn from local aquifers and treated to exceed all federal and state standards.

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