Residents upset with inconsistent water bills

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) – A handful of residents outside of Battle Ground said Wednesday their water bills are fluctuating monthly and they’re fed up with hard water. But town leaders argued, it’s just the time of year.

Kevin Boggs lives in the Shawnee Ridge subdivision, just west of Battle Ground.

“The bills have been really inconsistent. They would raise on an average of $10 per month. Until this recent bill we just got, maybe a week and a half ago, it raised $30,” said Boggs.

Boggs adds that not only is his water through Battle Ground Utilities extremely hard, he’s noticed a recent spike on his water bills.

“I was trying to find out why, from my wife. If we had done something wrong or if we left some water running. She didn’t find any reason as to why the bill jumped. We had a party in the early part of June, but that shouldn’t have raised the bill $30,” said Boggs.

Boggs said he isn’t the only one. He said it’s sparked conversation on the Shawnee Ridge Facebook page. He said some people claim that their bills have doubled, others said their bill was more than $200.

Battle Ground Town Council President Steve Egly said the bills might be higher this time of year because of yard work and gardening. He said it’s not until the July bill that residents will get credit for recreational watering.

“What they’re getting this week is their July water bills, which were from May 15 to June 15. The meter was read June 15, so they get the bill in July, so they get a little higher bill at this time of year because they’ve done that recreational watering and the sprinkling credit hasn’t kicked in yet,” said Egly.

Egly said while it may be confusing for residents, the sprinkling credit runs through the September billing cycle. But Boggs and other residents still aren’t sold.

“To just raise my bill and to raise others in our community’s bill, and to tell us that we did something when truly we didn’t, then that’s where the issue lies,” said Boggs.

Waterworks Superintendent Dan Gemmecke said the hard water is typical for that area. Egly said if residents have an issue or a question with their water bills call the clerk-treasurer.

Battle Ground is in the process of annexing the Shawnee Ridge subdivision. There will be a public hearing on the annexation on Aug. 18 at the Lion’s Club at 7 p.m.

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