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City Utilities proposes water rate hikes to pay for water main repairs

With more than 1,400 miles of pipe in the city, City Utilities is averaging 300 main breaks per years. There's already been 150 breaks in 2018. Many of the pipes are outdated, and repairs are paid for with fees collected from customers.

Posted: Jun. 7, 2018 6:17 PM
Updated: Jun. 8, 2018 11:32 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Fort Wayne residents may see water rate hikes in 2019 after City Utilities proposed an increase to help pay for water main repairs.

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With more than 1,400 miles of pipe in the city, City Utilities is averaging 300 main breaks per years. There's already been 150 breaks in 2018. Many of the pipes are outdated, and repairs are paid for with fees collected from customers.

City Utilities is proposing an increase of $1.34 in 2019, followed by an average increase of $1.50 per month for the next five years.

"We're trying our best to minimize impact on people by making sure that, one we give them at least a year's notice before it starts, and two, we spread the cost and the burden over multiple years so it's easier for people to budget," said Kumar Menon, Director of City Utilities.

The proposal will go to City Council Tuesday. We'll have updates on the proposed hikes as they become available.

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