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The increase depends directly on the amount of water used by the customer. If a commercial account uses a lot of water, its cost will be higher than that of an individual who uses a smaller quantity. Estimates indicate a Water Treatment Plant would add an average of $1 a day to a typical residential municipal water account. The rate increase would be used to pay back a 30-year loan used to build the facility, as well as ongoing maintenance and operation costs.
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Estimates indicate residential users would pay $0.0023 more per gallon.
Water rates include a base charge and a volumetric charge (charge per unit of water used). Based on a customer using 6,000 gallons per month (8 ccf) the new single family monthly cost would be approximately $51 per month. For the same volume of water used, Mid-Dakota’s residential cost (2018) would be approximately $69 per month.
Since Mni Wiconi provides water to consecutive rural water systems and does not provide water to individual customers, Mni Wiconi does not have published comparable residential rates.
If a Water Treatment Plant is built, the existing wells could serve as a backup water source. They would still need to be exercised occasionally, but would require very little maintenance or funding.
If a Water Treatment Plant is not built, the City will need to invest between $2 and $3 million, to construct new wells and update existing wells.