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Billings City Council approves water rate increase

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BILLINGS, Mont. -

UPDATE: City Council approved option 2 of the Public Works Department's proposal for increasing rates and fees for water and wastewater over the next three years. 

The average household in Billings will pay $45.24 more per year. Add it up and the city will generate an additional $1,975,000 for Public Works.

Public Works says the increases are necessary for needed infrastructure repair. For their complete presentation see the document below.


Have you given much thought to how much you pay per gallon for the water you get from the tap at your home each month?

The city of Billings sure does and it works out to about 1/3 of a penny per gallon.

But the infrastructure is in need of some upgrades, so you may find yourself paying a bit more for your water in the near future.

City Council members have two proposals before them Monday night to consider.

The money would go to repair critical infrastructure we rely on to get clean water to our homes, and used water back to the water treatment facility.

Right now the average residential customer is paying about $2.21 per unit.

A unit according to the city represents 748 gallons.

Of the two proposals on the table, option one would increase the cost per unit by 8 cents and option two by 12 cents.

That would mean the average household would see their water bill increase by just over a dollar if the council opts for option one and just over a buck 50 if they opt for option two.

Waste water is calculated separately on your bill.

Right now the average residential customer is paying $3.20 per unit.

An increase here under option one would go up 9 cents which works out to about a dollar more per month and 17 cents or $2.80 more per month if the city opts for option 2.

Either option will generate a significant amount of additional cash flow for the city.

Option one would generate over a million dollars more per year and option two would generate nearly two million dollars.

We'll follow up on Monday's meeting for you and let you know whether either option is taken by council members. ?

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