(Manhattan, KS, December 27, 2017) - The City of Manhattan has approved changes to water and sewer rates which will go into effect January 1, 2018. Stormwater rates will also change, but those changes will not go into effect until July 1, 2018.
A cost of services study done over the last two years has led to these recommended changes. Most customers will see a slight increase in their bill for 2018. The average residential combined water and sewer bill will go up from $58.82 to $59.84 (a $1.02 increase). The average business combined water and sewer bill will go down slightly from $309.08 to $305.45 (a $3.63 decrease).
Some of the changes being implemented, based off of study recommendations, include monthly minimum charges for the first two units of water and wastewater (which used to be free), increases in monthly minimum charges for water, and decreases in monthly minimum charges for sewer. The changes for the rates and rate structures will more accurately charge the customers for their fair share of costs relative to the costs incurred by the City to provide these services, otherwise called a “cost-to-serve” basis. The intent is to generate sufficient revenues by developing fair and equitable rates while also maintaining affordability to the average monthly bills of the customer base.
Changes to the rate structure are prompted both by growth in the Manhattan community and an increased need for irrigation water in recent years. Programming in room for infrastructure growth will help ensure that no residents are left without access to services during peak demand times.
“The proposed rate structure modifications should remove much of the uncertainty and variability from projecting consumptions and revenues,” says Randy DeWitt, P.E., Assistant Director of Public Works for Water and Wastewater.
A complete outline of the rate study is available at the following link http://bit.ly/water-rate. More information about utilities can be found on the City of Manhattan website www.cityofmhk.com.
For questions about a bill, customers may contact customer service during regular business hours by calling 785-587-2480 or by visiting the Utility Billing Division at City Hall located at 1101 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.