Expect your water bill to continue growing. Water bills are expected to rise at least six percent every year until 2015 in Naperville.
The reasons for the increase are three fold. The city of Chicago has increased the price wholesale water twenty-five percent. When the DuPage County Water Commission buys water from the city to disperse to the suburbs they are paying a higher price. The city needs the revenues to replace aging infrastructure throughout the city. The Water Commission also added another five percent increase to replenish reserve accounts and fund capital projects for the county’s system. Naperville has a three percent increase as part of an ordinance passed in 2011. They added another three percent increase to fund their reserve accounts because of rising water prices.
“What you’re seeing is the culmination of the perfect storm. The city of Chicago, DuPage County, and Naperville are all raising rates at the same time,” says Jim Holzapfel, Naperville’s Director of the Department of Utilities- Water.
You can expect your bill to increase upwards of $6.50 to $7.00 more a month.
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