PLEASANT VIEW -- It's official. Residents will see an increase in the cost of water as city council members recently approved an increase of water rates and amended the city fee schedule in accordance.
The base rate for water was changed from $10 to $15 a month with unanimous approval from council members. The council and Mayor are also asking residents to conserve water as much as possible.
Mayor Toby Mileski said the increase is necessary and the city will need to cover around $205,000 to $210,000 in costs annually. He said 74 percent of residents use 6,000 gallons a month of water or less, so the majority of residents will see an increase of $5 in their upcoming water bill. Those using more water than the average will see a larger increase in their bill.
City Administrator Melinda Greenwood said the increase will effect commercial establishments as well as residential.
Even as the rates for water increase in Pleasant View, the quest for additional water sources continues. The city is planning to go right to drilling a well rather than drill a test well first, according to Assistant City Administrator Valerie Claussen.
Mileski said there are bid packets out now for the well project and the bids will be opened April 9h with the award for the project happening on April 22.