Raise in water rate under consideration in Green Bay

Posted: 8:23 PM, Aug 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-17 01:23:58Z

Green Bay Water Utility is requesting to raise the water rate by 9.4 percent in the coming months.

Green Bay Water Utility says the rate increase is to pay for improving aging infrastructure. Green Bay is working to replace the water infrastructure system, dating back to the 1880s.

Engineers recommend fully replacing the system every 100 years. For Green Bay, that means replacing about four miles of water main each year, which costs about $5.5 million.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is considering the request. If approved, a 9.4 percent water rate increase would equate to $1.44 per household (average for a family of family of four) per month.

Green Bay Water Utility claims that customers have not seen a rate increase since 2015.