Wholesale water rates hiked

Hamilton water Tower

By Scott Johnson
General Manager

HAMILTON – The Hamilton Water Department will raise its wholesale water rates nearly one dollar.
The Hamilton City Council voted unanimously during a meeting on Monday, Aug. 16, to hike wholesale rates from $1.75-per-1,000-gallons to $2.60 in an attempt to close a large gap between rates and actual costs.
An analysis conducted by Hamilton City Accountant Alan Cantrell earlier this year determined that it costs the city $2.58 to produce 1,000 gallons.
The city will also seek a shorter contract term for wholesale water, placing contracts on five-year terms instead of 10 years. The longer contract terms have meant that the city has been locked into its former low rates since 2011.

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