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County water bills may go up as suppliers raise rates

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By Linda Ireland

 County water customers will see an increase in their rates. 

The LaRue County Water District No. 1 Board of Directors have applied to the Public Service Commission to make improvements – and raise rates – in order to pay for them.

A notice of proposed rate change appears as a legal advertisement in today’s issue.

The current monthly rate is $12.80 per 1,000 gallons of water. The rate has been in effect about a year. Before that, the rate was set in 2004 at $12.50 per 1,000 gallons.

The new rate is $14.93 per 1,000 gallons (minimum bill) and $6.62 per 1,000 gallons for the next 4,000 gallons.

The minimum rate is higher for larger meters. For a 3/4-inch meter, the minimum bill will be $28.16.

The increase will assist with the repayment of a $245,000 Rural Development loan. In addition, the wholesale price of water from providers, such as City of Hodgenville and Green River Valley Water District, has gone up, according to LaRue County Water District Manager Steve Gardner.

A date for the increased rate has not been set but will be advertised before taking effect, Gardner said. The Board meets next on Feb. 13.

The Rural Development loan will be used in conjunction with a grant in the amount of $105,000 and four Kentucky Infrastructure Authority grants in the amount of $1,150,000 to finance the cost of extensions and improvements.

The District plans to add 10,500 feet of 6-inch waterline, a 50,000-gallon ground water storage tank in the Cissal Hill Road area and a 50,000 gallon elevated water storage tank on Atilla Road.

Gardner said the easements for the tanks have been purchased already from surrounding property owners. Construction should begin in late March or early April.

The tanks will increase water supply and improve water pressure, Gardner said.