If you live in Evansville you may want to start monitoring how much water you use. Evansville water customers will be paying for for water now that the Indiana utility regulatory commission approved a rate increase. The money, we're told, will be used to make repairs on issues across the city like the old pipe system. It's a change that will affect every home in the city, And could be especially hard on businesses that use a lot of water."These projects are always present and will always be present in the future, and it just takes additional funds that just the normal every day budget doesn't cover," says
Evansville Water Superintendent Roger Johnson. He says customers will pay more money on their monthly water bill, but it is a cost well worth the price. "With every other city in America, it's getting aging infrastructure and has to be replaced." A rate increase will help repair things like the city's aging pipe system, and help to replace water pumps, along with plans to repaint water towers. With Evansville's water rate increase it's places like the First Avenue Car Wash that will see the biggest impact. "It's just kind of a surprise and a shock, you know, everything else going up, I guess it was coming up next. Obviously this means it's going to be a bigger bill for us and hopefully it doesn't effect us too bad," says Assistant Manager of First Avenue Car Wash Joey Medicis. This car wash says their prices will stay the same. "I don't think we are going to make any changes with the prices. I think that we will just keep everything the same." Over the next three years, you can expect to see about a six dollar difference on your bill, leaving most of us looking for ways to conserve. "We're always looking for new ideas, you know. We take advice from other car washes, but we are always looking for new ideas to cut out water, cut spending, cut anything."
This rate increase should go into effect within the next thirty days. For the average home that uses about five thousand gallons a month, the rates would jump to about eighteen dollars by next year, and just over nineteen dollars by 2015.