Staying green a costly measure: Water utility sale raises rates more than some expected

Lewis Hoffmeyer was surprised when he opened his July water bill.

Not only had the New Whiteland resident been using more water to keep his lawn green during the summer’s drought, but he also saw the impact of a water rate increase after the town sold its water utility to Indiana American Water Co.

Hoffmeyer and his wife are retired and live on a fixed income. They thought their bill would increase by $10 to $15 with the utility sale. When they saw their July bill for $95, they knew they would have to stop watering their yard to be able to afford it.

New Whiteland sold its water utility to the Indiana American Water Co. in June, and residents were told their bills would be higher.

Under New Whiteland’s water rates, customers paid $2.49 per 1,000 gallons of water used, according to Indiana American Water Co. spokesman Joe Loughmiller. The Indiana American rate is $4.35, he said.

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