Warren County Water District (Warren Water) will implement the second year of a four year plan of rate adjustments for water and wastewater customers effective July 1, 2020. These adjustments are the result of wholesale water and wastewater increases from Bowling Green Municipal Utilities (BGMU) needed to support a water treatment plant expansion from 30 to 45 million gallons per day and wastewater capacity increases in the southern areas of the city and county due to substantial growth. The total cost of the water and wastewater projects are over $60,000,000, which is shared by both utilities.
The bill for an average residential water customer will increase $0.60 from $23.34 to $23.98. The monthly average bill for a wastewater customer will increase $0.12 from $21.89 to $22.01. The subsequent rate increases in 2021 and 2022 will remain low. Even after these increases, Warren Water continues to have the lowest rates in Warren County, as well as some of the lowest in the state and region.
“Warren Water recognizes that any increase can be difficult, especially today, for our residential and business customers; however, these rate adjustments were committed to in 2019 so that these critical infrastructure projects could begin”, stated John Dix, WCWD General Manager. “With such a significant investment into this region’s infrastructure, the staff at BGMU continue to work with us to achieve our goal of reducing the impact on our customers by adopting a four-year rate setting strategy to lessen the immediate cost impact.”
Warren Water maintains over 1,200 miles of pipeline, along with 32 pumping stations and 28 storage tanks throughout a 530-square-mile area. Warren Water’s wastewater system includes over 190 miles of sewer, transporting nearly three million gallons of wastewater to BGMU’s wastewater treatment plant daily. Warren Water is committed to providing safe, quality drinking water and wastewater service at the most reasonable rates possible by managing costs and overhead effectively.
“During this pandemic, it has become more evident how quality drinking water is critical to our wellbeing. I am proud of our entire organization’s commitment to providing quality services at affordable prices during these difficult times,” added Dix.
For additional information or questions regarding this rate increase, customers may review information at www.warrenwater.com
About Warren County Water District
Warren Water is a public water and wastewater utility serving more than 30,000 water and 7,500 wastewater customers throughout Warren County. There are over 1,200 miles of water mains in the Warren Water service area, which spans 530 square miles. The Warren Water sewer system includes over 190 miles of sewer lines. For more information, visit www.warrenwater.com. Value Water. Value our Future.