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April 25, 2014

Water rates going up, again

Ada — Ada residents will pay an additional 18 cents for water service starting this summer.

Ada City Council approved rate increases for water, sewer and trash service earlier this week. The new rates will take effect in June.

A resident’s total minimum bill under the current fee schedule is $39.62 per month, which includes water, sewer service and trash collection. When the bill is broken down into individual parts, the resident pays at least $12.21 for water, $12.06 for sewer and $15.35 for trash collection.

Under the new schedule, customers would pay at least $12.39 for water, $12.24 for sewer service and $15.75 for trash. Their total minimum bill would be $40.38 — an increase of 76 cents from the current total.

The current schedule shows that customers within the city limits pay $12.21 a month for the first 200 cubic feet of water and $2.35 for each additional 100 cubic feet. With the new schedule, the rate goes up to $12.39 for the first 200 cubic feet and $2.39 for every 100 cubic feet after that.

Part of the water service fee is earmarked for water-related projects. That share of the overall fee, currently set at $7, will not change with the new rates.

Sewer rates will also go up by 18 cents starting in June. The current rate is $12.06 a month for the first 200 cubic feet of water and 69 cents for each additional 100 cubic feet. The maximum monthly charge for residential customers is $21.54 a month.

The new rate for sewer service is $12.24 for the first 200 cubic feet and 70 cents for each additional 100 cubic feet. The maximum monthly charge for residential users will increase to $21.86 a month.

The overall sewer service rate includes a $4 monthly fee for the sewer system fund and $3 for the environmental project fund. Those rates remain the same under the new schedule.

Out-of-town customers will also see their utility rates go up in June. Water rates for those customers are currently set at $18.32 per month for the first 200 cubic feet and $3.53 for each additional 100 cubic feet. Under the new schedule, the fee will increase to $18.59 for the first 200 cubic feet and $3.59 per additional 100 cubic feet.

The water fee for out-of-town customers includes $10.50 for water projects. That rate will remain in place with the new schedule, raising the total minimum water bill for those customers from $18.32 to $18.59 — an increase of 27 cents.

Sewer rates for customers outside the city limits are currently set at $18.09 for the first 200 cubic feet of water and $1.04 for each additional 100 cubic feet. Starting in June, the rates will rise to $18.36 for the first 200 cubic feet

Starting in June, the rates will rise to $18.36 for the first 200 cubic feet and $1.05 for each additional 100 cubic feet.

The maximum monthly charge for those customers will rise from $32.31 to $32.79, for an increase of 48 cents.

The city adjusts its utility rates each year to cover the cost of providing those services. The new rates reflect an increase in the Consumer Price Index, which tracks changes in the prices that urban residents pay for goods and services.

Reach Eric Swanson at adanewsreporter@cableone.net.

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