The Adairville city council held a special called meeting last Thursday evening to adopt a new ordinance that will raise the town’s water and sewer rates annually.
The new ordinance will raise both the city’s water rate and sewer rate by one percent each year - unless the city council chooses not to take the automatic increase by taking a vote.
“Our sewer rates have been unreal for a while and we needed to do something,” said Adairville mayor Donna Blake.
The city was forced to make a decision about what to do when the Logan Todd Regional Water Commission raised its rates at the beginning of this month.
The rate increase from the LTRWC was two percent, which made the wholesale price $3.83 per 1,000 gallons - eight cents more than the year before.
This was the second straight year that the LTRWC has increased the price it sells its water to its customers, which includes all four of Logan County’s incorporated cities and the North Logan, East Logan and South Logan water districts.
“This last year was just horrible for them because we had so much rain,” Blake said. “No one watered their crops or lawns and they just didn’t sell much water. So we really didn’t have much of a choice but to raise the water rates.”
According to Sandra Walton of the LTRWC, 2010 was a good year, because there was a lot of water usage due to the drought, however, in 2011 revenue began to fall because usage fell. In 2012 the LTRWC averaged selling 3.7 million gallons per day to its customers. At that time the rate was $3.75 per 1,000 gallons. In 2013 the average sale by the end of November was 3.5 million gallons per day, a 0.2 loss.