Sat. 9:20 pm: McDonald water customers to see 28 percent rate increase

McDONALD – Water customers here will likely pay 28 percent more for the service next year.

The increase is needed because of water loss caused by water line breaks and flushing to rid water of its discoloration, and because of a rate increase the village will see from Meander Water, which supplies bulk water to the village, said Mayor Glenn Holmes.

“We have been hesitant to pass on an increase in previous years with the village absorbing portions of the increase. We have had many waterline breaks and flushing that has cost between $10,000 and $13,000 per quarter. When you have this continuing to happen over time, it adds up and will have to be reflected in the water bills,” Holmes said.

Village council has approved first reading of legislation calling for the increase. The measure is expected to be approved in December.

Read more in Sunday’s Tribune Chronicle.