All users’ wastewater rates will increase starting next month.
After a third reading Tuesday, the Sioux Center City Council approved the increases, which are needed to build and operate a new treatment plant for the community.
The wastewater treatment facility will be constructed starting as soon as late 2017 to meet new, more stringent DNR standards and to replace the community’s 40-year-old plant.
“We are building to meet the new stream standards, upgrade our aging facility and provide for long-term high quality wastewater service for our community,” said Utilities Manager Murray Hultstein.
The wastewater rates will increase in two steps, with the first increase this July. The second increase is planned for July 2018.
For residential and commercial customers, the increase this July will bring the monthly service charge from $12.90 to $18 per month. Usage rates per 1,000 gallons for these customers will increase from $2.90 to $4.25.
The second increase, starting July 2018, will bring the monthly service charge to $22. The per-1,000-gallon usage fee will increase to $5.40 per 1,000 gallons.
Residential and commercial wastewater bills are a combination of the monthly service charge plus the fee per gallons used. Wastewater is only one portion of users’ total utility bills, which also include water, electric and gas usage.
Industrial users are paying a portion of the construction costs based on their usage. They will also see 20-40 percent increases in their monthly rates.
The City of Sioux Center’s sanitary sewer system collects and treats wastewater produced by more than 2,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers, and it is paid for by user fees.