Water rates for the City of Iowa City will increase by 5 percent beginning Wednesday, July 1, 2015. This rate increase is the second of a two-part increase implemented by the City Council last year to help cover the costs of improvements and repairs to the City's water distribution system. Over the next three years, it is anticipated that more than $3 million will be required to replace aging water mains and make other system improvements.

The increase in user fees allows the City to build funds over time to cover the cost of operational expenses, debt service and capital improvements for the water system, rather than financing the necessary capital improvements through revenue bonds or other debt. 

Discounts of 60 percent on minimum water and sewer charges, 60 percent on the storm water charges and 75 percent of the refuse and recycling charges each month are available for Iowa City utility customers who participate in one of the following programs: SSI (Supplemental Security Income), or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance); FIP (Family Investment Program); Title XX (Childcare Assistance); Food Assistance; receiving Elderly Tax Credit on your real estate tax or State Rent disbursement.

For more information, call 319-356-5066 or visit http://www.icgov.org/utilities.

Date of publication

Thursday, June 11, 2015