Water rates for customers of the Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Ralls County are going up.
Water rates for customers of the Public Water Supply District No. 1 of Ralls County are going up. The district’s Board of Directors approved the change, which will amount to an approximately 7.5 percent increase for their approximately 2,700 customers.
Monthly rates will increase to:
• $21.10 base charge (minimum includes 1,000 gallons).
• $11.85 per thousand gallons.
• $9.25 per thousand gallons.
For the typical district customer using 4,400 gallons per month, his or her monthly water bill will increase by $4.18.
“We understand that this will impact our customers from our minimal to large water users,” said Jon Rogers, district manager.
In a press release, district officials cited multiple reasons for the rate increases.
• Bond commitments.
• The need to pay down debt incurred when making system upgrades.
• To offset increases in operational expenses.
• To offset the cost of purchasing water from the Hannibal Board of Public Works, which increased its rates by approximately 10 percent on July 1.
Rogers noted that the full increase in water being bought from the BPW is not being passed along to Ralls County water district customers. Rogers said the district is better able to “hold the line” on such price increases after some cost efficiency upgrades were made.
District officials are asking customers to review their bills when they arrive in October and contact the district at (573) 221-6615 with any questions.
Water rates were last increased on Oct. 31, 2011.