Rapid City water rates on the rise

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Water rates are one step closer to going up in Rapid City.

Tap water from sink, Photo Date: May 2012 / Photo: U.S. Air Force / (MGN)

The Legal and Finance Committee approved a second reading of an ordinance to increase water rates and fees.

The next and final step: an approval by the full council.

If approved at the next city council meeting, the water rate will gradually go up over the next five years.

This means an average residential bill of $30.72 per month will jump to $46.66 by 2022.

That nearly $16 increase will come on gradually.

The Rapid City Assistant Public Works Director Dan Coon says water rates have not changed since January 2013, and an increase is needed to maintain water treatment facilities and fund capital improvement costs.

Dan Coon says, "Capital improvement costs can be anything from replacing a water line in the street to a new reservoir, to pumping stations, those types of things. The third component is without a rate adjustment over the last five years, we've spent down our reserves or essentially our savings account so we also want to replenish those reserves over the next five years."

The Public Works committee approved the first reading of the water ordinance last month.

It will go through a final reading at the next council meeting on August 20th.