Citizens in the village of Rochester will see a hike in their water bills very soon.
The village board approved an ordinance that would add $6.50 to each residence in the city. Officials say the money will be used to replace over a mile of water main that could cost as much as $1.7 million. Rochester’s water pipes are around 75-years-old and officials say there really is no other way to fund the project other than the $6.50 monthly increase.
The last water main break cost the village about $80,000, says Trustee Harold Hendrickson. The ordinance was passed unanimously. Rochester will use bonds to pay for it.
Rochester also approved a 25-year-agreement with Springfield City Water Light and Power. The deal turns over ten Rochester water customers to CWLP. Nine of those residents on Woodhaven and one on White Timber will be part of the CWLP billing.
Rochester explored other options but upgrading the water main supporting these customers would have cost somewhere between $200,000 and $300,000. Turning the customers over to CWLP will cost about $44,000 in order to build an extension of the water main.
The agreement also contains language that will allow for prices to stay at a fair, competitive level.