37% Water Rate Hike Approved in New Haven

By John W. Davis

May 24, 2011 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM EDT

New Haven, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) New Haven City Council voted to increase water rates for residents and businesses by 37% Tuesday night.

The rate increase had been discussed by council members since last summer.

At that time, New Haven Director of Engineering Keith Schlegel identified more than six million dollars worth of water pipes that needed to be replaced.

It was approved by a vote of 5 to 1.

"The water quality will be improved and in some cases where the mains are being upgraded in size to follow the engineering report and recommendations, they may even see an increase in water pressure," said New Haven Director of Engineering Keith Schlegel.

Council was given five different options by their Rate Consultant Greg Guerrettaz.

Guerrettaz had previously recommended the 37% rate increase.

"Well nobody would like to see any types of rate increases but when you have a water quality problem you have to do something. We've waited too long to make those repairs," said New Haven Resident Doug Geller.

Geller went on to say he supported the 37% rate increase.

The rate increase is permanent.

City officials believe the rate hike will go into effect in July or August 2011.

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Meanwhile, if your water bill is $20 dollars a month, you will pay $27.40, as a result of the 37% water increase.




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