I have written the public works department, mayor and commissioners about the new water rates. Public works response was like in the Tribune article May 3. There has been discussion on various public forums including letters to the editor and yet still little to no response from city commissioners. During the next election cycle this should and will be remembered.
The city hired an outside consulting firm to study water usage and their results were to penalize those using the water to keep the city looking green by raising residential water rates. The raise in rates during some months are close to 100% for many − which is certainly out of line by almost anyone’s standards. Especially as the rate increase is only on residential water use, not applicable to commercial use, schools or parks.
The city’s response is the high water users during these months should be penalized as they need to have infrastructure to handle this increased usage. Potential commercial and residential growth, along with firefighting needs, must all be addressed more accurately when engineering and managing water supply infrastructure. It appears there has been some mismanagement and engineering failures when evaluating the water supply system.
Also, as reported in a previous Tribune article and again on June 15, there now is a problem with minerals and sediment in the water. I recently had to replace my hot water heater PT relief valve and found my 5-year-old water heater is full of sediment. I encourage you to look at your plumbing fixtures, such as faucet filters and hot water heaters.
If there is a need to correct the infrastructure and mineral issues, the water rates should be addressed with all users, and in increments that are affordable. Hawk, I will sign your petition.
Hal Lyson, Bismarck