The Colorado Springs City Council will vote on a utility rate hike next month. If it's approved, city councilman Lionel Rivera says you could see a 5% increase on your bill starting in January.
Under the plan, water rates would jump 8.5 %. You'd also see a 10% increase in wastewater rates, and a $2.25 fee for new streetlights. Rivera says that means the average household will pay $7-8 more a month.
By 2005, Colorado Springs Utilities plans to have a new water treatment plant up and running. With it, higher bills, but in return, more water.
The plan includes new ways to pump in 13 million gallons of water a day from the Upper Arkansas River basin. It also calls for an expansion of the use of non-potable water to free up millions of gallons of drinking water. New wells would also be drilled north of town if the drought continues.
Combined, those projects will total about $75 million. CSU also plans to build a second water treatment plant, costing an additional $64 million. The utility company has already committed $30 million to these projects next year.
This plan does have a plus. If approved, electricity rates would decrease by about 2% to help offset the increases.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.