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WATER WORKS: $61 Million Budget Finalized

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The Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees met Tuesday night to approve the budget for 2014, and it means higher prices for water customers.

The budget totals $61 million and includes $35 million for operations. That’s an increase of about six-percent from the 2013 budget.

In October a five-percent rate increase was approved for direct customers. That includes residents of Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Pleasant Hill, Runnells, Cumming, Alleman, and part of unincorporated Polk County.

Retail customers will also see an increase in their bill. Communities that buy water from the Des Moines Water Works, like Urbandale, will get a four-percent rate hike.

The increase in rates begins April 1, 2014.