The Wichita City Council have approved water and sewer rate increases for 2015. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the decision will hit industrial users the hardest.
In a 4-2 vote, rate increases proposed by Wichita Public Works and Utilities were finalized.
Residential users can expect a combined 4 to 6 percent increase, depending on use, which translates to about $2—$5 a month.
The largest industrial users, such as Spirit Aerosystems, can expect increases of about 6.3 percent, or just over $3,000 a month.
Wichita residents and businesses might be required to pay a $1,000 fine a month if they use too much water.The city staff made that recommendation as part of a water conservation proposal unveiled Wednesday.The fine would be imposed on those who use 310 percent more than their average winter water usage.Public Works official Ben Nelson says surveys and meetings found that water rates and indoor and business water use were residents' top priorities, while outdoor use was the lowest priority.