Burr Ridge passes down water rate hike
Burr Ridge Public Works Director Paul May
Updated: April 1, 2013 7:05AM
BURR RIDGE — As promised a year ago, Burr Ridge has raised the price of water.
The 50-cent per 1,000-gallon hike passes on a rate increase by the city of Chicago, which provides Lake Michigan water to Bedford Park. Bedford Park, which provides water to Burr Ridge, increased their wholesale water rate to Burr Ridge by 10.7 percent, effective Jan. 1.
“We must pass that cost on, unfortunately, to our customers,” Village Administrator Steve Stricker said.
Customers will see the increase on their March bills.
Residents who use 70,000 gallons or less in a two-month billing cycle will now pay $5.16 per 1,000 gallons. Those who use between 70,001 and 90,000 gallons in a billing cycle will pay $8.49 per 1,000 gallons. The village’s biggest water consumers will pay $10.91 per 1,000 gallons.
Commercial customers will see their rate increase, as well, from $7.39 to $7.89 per 1,000 gallons.
The new rates reflect the second in a four-year rate escalation program by the city of Chicago. The largest increase came in 2012, when rates spiked by 25 percent. More increases will come in 2014 and 2015, when Chicago will again raise its water rates by 15 percent.