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Plymouth Studies Water Rates

Plymouth Studies Water Rates

The Plymouth City Council has approved a water rate study, setting the stage for a rate increase.   At their meeting last night the Plymouth City Council approved moving forward with a new rate study to determine how much the city should charge for water service.  According to City Manager Jeff Gardner, the city is running a deficit on its water service and will use up all reserve funds by the end of the fiscal year, so the rate study is widely expected to propose raising rates to pay for the city's current operations.  The study was approved on a 4-1 with Jon Colburn the only opposition, saying he didn't think all other cost-saving measures had been explored.  The study is expected to take several months, with the city likely taking action on a rate increase in the new year.   The Council also gave their go-ahead to a second phase of improvements to the City's sewer treatment plant, putting in a number of improvements required by State water quality regulations and paid for with State and Federal grants.  The Council also received a report on storm water infiltration into the sewer system, which identified areas where storm runoff entered the waste-water system, which increases strain on the system.


Written by Craig Baracco

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