The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is commissioning a formal water rate study.
The District is seeking an outside, independent consultant to investigate the possibility of a customer assistance program and to look into an equal rate for all customers, including residential, multi-family, business and industrial.
The rate study will also consider inflation and other potential future cost increases facing water and sewer utilities.
The study will provide a ten year plan for future water and sewer rates.
The District sited a national survey that shows water rates increasing in 30 U.S. cities.
"Affordability, aging infrastructure, and increasing regulations are all challenges for any water & sewer utility; that is why we are looking at our entire rate system, to see if we can assist lower income users or help large consumers to take care of those who can't afford the system or may be forced to lose their business," said District President Jerry Greiner.
They estimate that their review of current rate and billing structure will be complete by the fall of 2019.