Decatur water rate hike takes effect May 1

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DECATUR - Decatur officials say the third and final water rate adjustment for the city's Reliable Water System Program will happen on May 1.

According to officials, the 25 percent increase is part of a plan that seeks to fund several important water capital projects that are critical to the growth and development of the city.  Some of the projects that receive funding through the rate increase include the Lake Decatur dredging project, improvements at the South Water Treatment Plant, the Water System master plan and hydraulic model update, and the St. Louis Bridge Road water main replacement.

Officials also say the adjustments represent the largest investment in the city's water system since the construction of Lake Decatur in the early 1920s.  The work is expected to fix water supply challenges that the city has had for years, and, in some instances, will replace components that are between 50 and 80 years old.

Decatur residents saw water rate increases of 35 percent and 30 percent in 2013 and 2014, respectively.  Officials say residents can help reduce the financial impact of these adjustments by reducing their water consumption by using conservation methods found at www.epa.gov/watersense/ and www.decaturil.gov/watermanagement/Water%20Conservation.pdf.


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