RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - It has become a hot topic in Rapid City - the city’s water rate for their citizens.
According to Dan Coon, Rapid City Operations Management Engineer, the last time that water rates in the city have been adjusted was back in 2013. Within those five years the costs to filter and pump the water to the city have gone up. But, when comparing Rapid City water rates to the rates of Sioux Falls, it appears that topography is to blame.
"We have to move that water; we have to pump it more often. And pumping of water takes a lot of energy and that's one of our main cost. The energy it takes to move it from place to place within Rapid City. Also, the sources can be different depending on the source of water whether you need to treat it or how much you have to treat it can vary,” said Coon.
Some water rates around our region using unit-based measurements can be found below (one unit is 748 gallons of water):
+ Rapid City - $3.42 (after the raise) per unit
+ Sioux Falls - $3.60 per unit
+ Pierre - $2.60 per unit
+ Aberdeen - $2.32 per unit.
+ Bismarck, North Dakota - $8.13 per unit.
Scottsbluff, NE and Gillette, WY have different ways of measuring their water usage. Scottsbluff uses a bi-monthly billing, with the average bill $22.82, which pays for water, sewage and other utilities. Meanwhile, Gillette starts fees at $6.50 adds $3.95 per each 1,000 gallons of usage more.
The city in the U.S. that has the highest water rate, according to Food & Water Watch, is Monterey, CA with $15.00 per unit.