The Pleasant Prairie Water Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to increase water rates.
The increase is necessary, according to a news release from the village, due to changes in Pleasant Prairie’s customer base, including the loss of one of the village’s largest water user, We Energies’ Pleasant Prairie Power Plant, since the last water rate case in 2012.
The coal-fired power plant was shut down in the spring of 2018.
The total increase in water revenues requested is $1,169,223.
If the request is granted, the water bill for an average residential customer who uses 5,000 gallons of water per month will increase from $32.13 to $34.50, or 7 percent, a difference of $2.37.
A telephonic public hearing on the application with PSCW has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 in the Village Hall Auditorium, 9915 39th Ave. Scheduling questions regarding this hearing may be directed to the PSCW at 608-266-3766.
Sewer rate decrease
Village officials said a sewer rate decrease will offset the water rate increase for the majority of utility customers.
Due to business growth, the village has seen a large volume increase of low-strength sewer discharge, officials said.
Village sewer is treated by the Kenosha Water Utility, which meters flow and strength. Pleasant Prairie’s sewer flow has been diluted by new customers, giving the ability to decrease sewer rates for all village customers.
The sewer bill for an average residential customer who uses 5,000 gallons of water per month will decrease from $42.06 to $36.55, or 14 percent, a difference of $5.51.
The sewer rate decrease recommendation will be brought to the Village Board on Sept. 16.
When combining the new rates, utility bills for most of Pleasant Prairie utility customers will be about the same, officials said. The residential customer using 5,000 gallons of water per month would receive a total water and sewer bill decrease of $3.14, from $74.19 to $71.05.
Customers of the Pleasant Prairie Utilities can expect to first see the rate change as early as their Oct. 31 utility billing.