HU considering degree of water rate increases

Because of nitrate and other chemical encroachments slowly entering the city's water wells, the Hastings Board of Public Works has outlined a plan to pay for projects that hopefully will alleviate contamination issues in the next several years.

The projected bill for such projects is more than $40 million, however, and the cost will be reflected in an 11 percent increase or more in the bills of Hastings water customers beginning in 2014 and extending until 2018.

At its meeting Thursday, the board heard the results of a water rate study conducted by JEO Consulting Group Inc., which gave several rate increase options for the board to consider.

The rate schedule recommended by JEO is one that includes a 12 percent increase to the base and commodity charges for water each year.

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