Park Rapids water rates to increase
Park Rapids will likely raise water rates starting in 2014 to help pay for a water treatment plant that should be operational next year.
City engineer Brian Hiles said that he has figured out some different scenarios to increase the water rate. A higher increase in the base rate or usage rate can change the way customers’ bills are affected.
The finance committee is recommending a 25 percent increase in the base rate and an increase in the usage rate from $3.15 to $3.99 per 1,000 gallons.
The Park Rapids City Council agreed Tuesday night that they would like some time to study costs presented by Hiles and make a decision at the next council meeting Nov. 12.
The council will need to pass an ordinance to change water rates. It will consider changing the rates beginning January of 2014.
Water rates are increasing due to the construction of a water treatment plant on the west side of town.
The water treatment plant will help the city combat high nitrate levels in water.
Hiles said the project is moving along and on schedule. Filters will be on site in November and the control panel will be put in sometime in December. He expects it will be up and running for testing by February.