Burr Ridge water rates to rise again

Burr Ridge water customers will pay 11 percent more for their faucet and sprinkler use this year, the third consecutive year rates have gone up.

Linked to Chicago’s four-year water price hike, village officials note they are only passing along the increase in water rates they are being hit with, nothing else. Chicago raised its rates for Lake Michigan water 25 percent in 2012 and 15 percent for 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Burr Ridge gets its Lake Michigan water from Bedford Park, which in turn purchases it from Chicago.

The village’s water rates will go up 59 cents per 1,000 gallons for all four of its rate tiers.

Rather than passing along a blanket 15 percent increase, village officials said they opted to pass along the actual Bedford Park rate.

“The 59-cents-per-1,000-gallons rate is our increase. We are not passing anything else on to residents.” Trustee John Manieri said this week as the Village Board unanimously approved the water rate hike. “This is the city of Chicago’s third of four rate increases. We have one more rate hike coming, but it won’t be more than 15 percent.”

Even with the price hike, Trustee Al Paveza said, village water uses are still getting a deal.

“We have one of the lowest — if not the lowest — water rates in the area,” Paveza said.

Rates for water users inside the village limits will change from:

• Residential Tier 1 (up to 70,000 gallons used): $5.16 to $5.75 per 1,000 gallons

• Residential Tier 2 (70,001-90,000 gallons used): $8.49 to $9.08 per 1,000 gallons

• Residential Tier 3 (more than 90,001 gallons used) $10.91 to $11.50 per 1,000 gallons

• Nonresidential: $7.89 to $8.48 per 1,000 gallons

Rates for Burr Ridge water users outside the village limits will change from:

• Residential Tier 1: $10.32 to $10.91

• Residential Tier 2: $16.98 to $17.57

• Residential Tier 3: $21.82 to $22.41

• Non-residential: $15.78 to $16.37

The new rates are expected to go into effect May 1.


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