Wichita Water Rates May Rise

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June 15, 2010

The Wichita City Council passed a water rate increase on Tuesday. Rates will go up about anywhere from three to four dollars a month starting July 1, then another three to four dollars a month in January.

The city is moving $2.8 million dollars a year for six years from the cap to improvement funds to help fund improvements to water system. That money will be paid back when the water utility gets back on its feet.

June 2, 2010

Wichita city leaders are recommending a water and sewer rate increase this summer.

The Wichita city manager is recommending a 7.5% increase in water rates and a 10% increase in sewage costs beginning July first.

This news comes after an engineering consultant did a top to bottom review of the Wichita water department and its water supply.

"Water is becoming more scarce and becoming more expensive," Wichita City Council member Janet Miller said.

The consultants say water from Wichita's supply is running short, so they are recommending continuing a $550 million dollar aquifer recharge project at a slower pace. The city would then hold off on $2.6 million dollars in capital improvements each year for four years to help keep rates down.

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