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Water Rates Increase with the May 2019 Bill

Post Date:04/29/2019

April 30, 2019 -- The total cost of infrastructure improvements required for Bartlett’s transition to Lake Michigan water is estimated at more than $48 million. Most of the project was financed through loans from the DuPage Water Commission and the Illinois EPA. Moving forward with this project has required a series of planned rate increases with the last major increase effective May 1. The water rate will increase 21% overall. The new water rate will be$11.76 per 1,000 gallons.

Sewer rates are also increasing due to needed infrastructure improvements at the wastewater treatment facility in DuPage County, the excess flow facility in Cook County and for other rehabilitation projects throughout the collection system. Sewer rate increases in Cook and DuPage Counties are based on major capital project costs in each county.

Sewer Rates: Cook County - $16.37 plus $1.36 per 1,000 gallons
                       DuPage County - $20.86 plus $3.73 per 1,000 gallons
                       Kane County - $12.83 plus $1.06 per 1,000 gallons
                       Kane County-Fox River Water Reclamation District residential charge - $2.91 per 1,000 gallons

Both the water and sewer rate increases will begin with the May 1, 2019 bills. Rates will continue to be reviewed on an annual basis going forward. A sewer rate increase is planned for 2020 to meet expected bond and IEPA loan payments to finance the infrastructure improvements.

Residents that currently use water softeners should realize a savings following the transition to Lake Michigan water, which does not have the same treatment requirements of well water. 

The chart below shows the increase to a bill for 6,000 gallons of water, broken out for each county.

water-sewer rate chart May2019
Facts to Know

~ Bartlett’s contract to purchase water from the City of Elgin will expire in May of this year. ~ when the Village Board began reviewing its options for a municipal water source approxi-mately five years ago, the trustees knew that a water rate increase would occur even if Bartlett had opted to renegotiate its water purchase contract with Elgin. Infrastructure improvements would still have been necessary.  
~ this May 1 increase is the third and final part of the planned major incremental increases in water rates that were anticipated at the start of this project.
~ the three most recent rounds of rate hikes follow a five-year period – from 2012 to 2017 -when water rates remained unchanged. 
~ the new rate effective with the May 1 bills - $11.76 per 1,000 gallons - is lower than the original rate estimated for water through the DuPage Water Commission.  
~ a portion of the incremental increases will be offset once the water connection is complete and residents can remove their water softeners. 

More information about the water project can be found on the Village webpage, Bartlett's Drinking Water.