To continue to provide for customers’ water use in Sioux Center as it grows, the Sioux Center City Council approved slight water rate increases.
This September, the average home will see about a $2 increase in their water bill, which is about a 6% increase. In September 2020, the average home will see a similar increase of about $2.
“We are seeing growth in Sioux Center, and we are adding new water mains to serve those new customers. We also want to be good stewards of our existing water system and try to avoid main breaks by replacing old mains,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein.
Water Department Head Harlan Kruid said some of Sioux Center’s cast iron water mains were installed when the community was one-third of its current size.
“These small mains were ample then. Now they serve more people. But the main reason we need to replace them is they are old and deteriorating,” he said. “We had 10 water main breaks this past year.”
Several replacement projects are planned for aging mains including near Team Realty and along 4th Avenue SE. On the growth side, Sioux Center continues to add mains in new residential and commercial areas. In 2018, there were 32 new service connections.
The water rate changes were approved by the city council after three public readings at council meetings.
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.