Increase in Sanitary Sewer Rates to Pay for New Wastewater Treatment Facility
The November 2022 utility bill reflects new sanitary sewer rates established by the Algona City Council. The City of Algona is in the design process for a significant, once in a generation, upgrade at the wastewater treatment facility, required to meet new regulations of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The City must increase rates for sanitary sewer service in order to pay for the mandated upgrades. Instead of one large increase, the fee changes will be phased in over the next four years.
Due to the cost of the wastewater treatment project, fees for sanitary sewer customers will approximately double between now and 2025, when debt payment on the project will come due. Fee increases for residents and businesses will vary depending on the size of the water meter and how much they use.
Sanitary sewer customers pay for their service in three ways - a service fee, an infrastructure fee, and a usage fee. Some industrial users are also assessed fees for extra-strength waste. The average household will see sewer bills go up by about $7 per month with the initial increase. The new rates will be effective in the bill that goes out in late November/early December.
The following flyer has more information about the project and rate increase.