Kalamazoo City Commission passes sewage and water rate hike
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Kalamazoo City Commission passed two ordinances Monday that increase water and sewage rates for the city.
The rates for water service in 2020 will increase by 14% and wastewater rates will increase by 10%, which means a typical inside-city customer will have their quarterly sewage and water bill raised by $14.13 and a typical outside-city customer would see an increase of $9.54 to their quarterly bill.
“We’ve been really increasing investment in the water system incrementally year after year,” Kalamazoo Public Services Director James Baker said in a previous interview.
Baker said there is a lot of work that needs to be done to upgrade the aging water system in Kalamazoo and the rate increase will continue those projects.
He said the city plans to spend almost $131 million over the next five years on a long list of water projects, including continuing to replace lead service lines. The next lead service line replacement project in the Eastside neighborhood is expected to begin summer 2020.