Utility might cut sprinkler surcharge

Center Grove area and Bargersville residents could have their water bills slashed this spring if a study by the utility shows that it can afford to cut rates and eliminate certain fees. Among the fees the town utility will consider eliminating is a $10.21-per-month charge for customers who have sprinkler systems for their yards and landscaping.

Complaints have come from Bargersville Water Utility customers, including residents and businesses in the town and the Center Grove area, about the fee for built-in sprinklers and the utility’s overall rate, which increased 77 percent in 2010 to pay for construction of a new water treatment plant, town manager Kevin McGinnis said.

The sprinkler fees have remained even though the new water plant can handle the customers it has, and the town’s water rates are too high, he said. The sprinkler fee is among the costs he hopes to cut, he said.

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