Rossville water customers to see rate hike on water bill

In just a few months, Rossville residents will have to shell out a little extra cash when paying their water bills. WLFI/File Photo
In just a few months, Rossville residents will have to shell out a little extra cash when paying their water bills. WLFI/File Photo

ROSSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) – In just a few months, Rossville residents will have to shell out a little extra cash when paying their water bills.

Starting a January, Rossville Water Department customers will see a 38 percent rate increase on the wastewater portion of their water bill.

Rossville Town Council president Dave Severt said the increase comes after the Indiana Department of Environmental Management changed the town’s permit for discharge. To meet IDEM standards, the town will have to make upgrades to a lift station and the town’s wastewater plant.

The necessary upgrades will come with a price tag of $5 million, which will be paid for through bonds. According to Severt, the town must be able to secure the bonds — which leads to a rate increase.

Severt said the average customer will pay an extra $20 per month.

“I do like the idea of clean water and having a clean environment, but unfortunately somebody has to pay for it,” said Severt.

He said construction for phase one of the project will begin later this year.

The town has an agreement order with IDEM to complete the entire project by the end of 2018.