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Fort Wayne city council to discuss water rate increase for main replacement effort

Fort Wayne water customers can expect to pay a little more on their bills next month.

Posted: May 20, 2019 9:49 PM
Updated: May 21, 2019 8:38 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne water customers can expect to pay a little more on their bills next month.

Tuesday, Fort Wayne's city council will discuss raising the water rates.

IURC approved rates for average residential customer (4,000 gallons per month)

2019 - $23.89
2020 - $25.32
2021 - $26.84
2022 - $28.39
2023 - $30.05

This is a continuation of what the council approved last year, but it had to go through the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

The city said the rate increase is needed to aggressively replace failing water mains across the city.

"We've had an active water main replacement program since the early 2000s. We are now ramping up the water main replacement. These rates will allow us to even more aggressively attack," said Matthew Wirtz, Fort Wayne Chief Engineer.

Some main replacement projects are already underway.

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