Des Moines Water Works Customers Expect Increase in Water Bill

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Some central Iowans can expect their water bills to increase in the New Year.

The Des Moines water works board approved a ten-percent across the board rate increase. The increase will hit Des Moines and Polk County for sure but it's also expected to drive up rates in neighboring suburbs who purchase most of their water supply from water works.

Water works CEO says the bump in rates follows a national trend.

“Increase in rates because our increase in costs continues to go up. The water is a dirty as it’s ever been and for us to be able to clean it and deliver it to you safely means we’re spending more in energy, chemicals and labor,” said Bill Stowe.

Stowe says while Iowans are actually using less water than ever before, the Raccoon River is the dirtiest it’s ever been, due to the high level of nitrates and it’s requiring more manpower and money to keep the water clean and usable.

Rates will increase by about $2.50 beginning April 1st.