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DES MOINES, Iowa - Des Moines residents are set to see an increase in their water bills.

Des Moines Water Works customers have been receiving a flyer with May's water bill explaining the increase.

Although the fee will be added through your water bill, the fee is from the City of Des Moines and Des Moines Water Works is just the billing agent.

City officials say the increase will be listed as a storm water and sanitary sewer fee, and will be broken down into two fees on your bill.

Storm Water Utility will increase by $0.59 per month for each ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit).

Sanitary Sewer System will also go up by $0.47 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

The average home is one ERU and uses 5,000-7,000 gallons of water a month. The average increase for a household using 6,000 gallons a month will be $3.41.

Des Moines' Sewer Enterprise Administrator David Miller says the two increases will go to separate projects. On the storm water side it will help flood related issues.

"Those rate increases are to help fund the projects that we had to implement based on the big rain events of 2008 and 2010 and the needed flood improvements on the levy system to help protect properties from future flooding," says Miller.

The sewer sanitary fee increase will go towards a five-year plan to improve the city's sewer systems and the regional waste water plant.

Miller says this is an average increase compared to neighboring cities.

"I think we`re trying really hard to keep our costs competitive and we are competitive across the metro area," says Miller.

The increases go into effect July 1st.



    • Christopher

      You know it’s something sneaky when they tell you it’s a “new fee” but then they label and lump it into something else.

    • John

      Cody read it again if you can read “The City” is behinjd the tax not the state. Terry is at the state level. get it right bofore spouting off.

    • Justice

      Cody, obviously you are a koolaid drinking troll. Governor Brandstad has not raised taxes on gasoline and he has nothing to do with the fees that the city of Des Moines will impose on their citizens through the water bills. Try to educate yourself before posting.

  • Sue

    And, don’t part of your property taxes go for this sort of stuff anyway? Our water bill is about 30% water and 70% ‘fees’. This is crazy!

  • BADale

    This is the city not the governor behind the increase. And I believe I read awhile back that the Federal government is pushing cities to update their systems.

  • Christopher

    Help pay for flood issues? I’ll be more than happy to pay if they ever fix it so that George Flagg Parkway’s flooding issues. Instead we get to pay taxes to have the same road fixed every single year for flood damage, instead of paying for better flood protection.

  • Ramona Kintz

    Just moved from Des Moines to Lacey WA and the average water bill runs around 87.00 a month and that doesn’t include garbage.

  • Justice

    I live in a small town west of Des Moines. We do not water our lawn, powerwash our house or anything else that will waste water. We even run our dishwasher only if it is completely full. However, our water bill runs just under $120/month. That includes garbage that is $18. Every time our town has to pay for a phart, they add it to the water bills.

  • James Hercules Sutton

    The city has used its bonding authority to develop downtown hotels and the tourist industry instead of using it, and property taxes, to pay for bonds for capital improvements. So it had to shift sewer and storm water costs to water users through Water Works. And this fast shuffle is caused by inadequate support from state government, which is sitting on a $960 million surplus that might be used for capital improvements and jobs. Our Governor IS responsible for the problem, and our city government is responsible for the fast shuffle..

    • John

      So James you are saying that I have to pay for you cities mismanagement with state funds. Do not think so the rainy day fund is to support the state in the case of emergancy not hey we need a new downtown hotel in Des moines so the council decides to create a ilegeal tax and hides it in the water bill. Pay for your own city and I will pay for mine

      • James Hercules Sutton

        The state is responsible for infrastructure. It has been sitting on a huge surplus, which could be used to repair roads and bridges, provide high speed rail service, create jobs, and provide matching funds for municipal capital improvements that cities can no longer afford because of state limits on municipal budgets. The culprit is bad policy, not who should pay. We all should pay, but we all should pay fairly.

  • Guest

    So people that live in apartments or under the bridge do not have to share this cost, only the hard working homeowners. NICE!

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