Bill hike planned to accommodate water system improvements


The village of Cadiz water system needs improvements and that could potentially mean a hike in bills for residents.

Originally, the wastewater treatment center was constructed in 1936, with a major upgrade done in 1993. Now it’s time for another large improvement.

Harmful algal blooms that have blossomed over the last few years call for an efficient and effective method for cleaning the village’s water. Without it, it could be dangerous to residents.

Several water distribution lines are 2 to 4 inch lines, and they will require upgrades. There are also issues with frequent breaks in problem areas.

This is going to cause a significant jump in cost for the residents of Cadiz.

“We’re at a point where but we have not raised rates appreciably in ways that have kept up with cost of living inflationary costs and unfortunately we’re at a place where we have to play catch-up and we have to play it fairly quick,” said village administrator Charley Bowman.

The total cost of the upgrade will be roughly $2 million.

A bill increase is expected to be approved during the December 21 council meeting and put into action the first of February, 2018.

Residents can expect to see the increased rate on their bills in April.

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