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Village water, sewer rates to remain steady in 2020

Village water, sewer rates to remain steady in 2020

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Water and sewer rates in Pleasant Prairie are expected to remain steady during 2020 after budget approval by the Village Board on Monday.

Water rates are based on the number of gallons consumed, measured by a water meter, while sewer rates are calculated with a winter-based average to account for water used on lawns or in yards that will not pass through the sanitary sewer system.

Detailed information can be found at PleasantPrairieWi.gov/Departments/Sewer_and_Water_Utilities/Utility_Bill_Rates.

As part of the sewer utility budget, the board approved $3.3 million for sewer rehabilitation to reduce the amount of inflow and infiltration that leaks into the sewer system. The village plans to line all clay mains, top hat laterals and grout manholes to eliminate the worst infiltration and inflows that are entering the system.

The village will pay $287,000 to adjust manholes in preparation for paving and rebuild a lift station for $165,000. Another $100,000 will be spent to plan for the Highway 50 sewer rehabilitation project.

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In 2020, the water utility will spend $502,000 to add new meters for new construction and upgrade existing residential water meters. It will also upgrade equipment to monitor energy use.

“It’s a very complex system, and we’re always doing upgrades to it to make sure that we can properly monitor our infrastructure,” said John Steinbrink Jr., public works director for the village.

Utility staff continue to implement new technology to streamline operations, improve efficiency and help control costs, village officials said.

According to Kathleen Goessl, the village’s finance director, the water utility remains debt free, and the sewer utility is expected to be debt free next year as it pays off $2.2 million in outstanding principal.

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