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August 29, 2018 Rates rise due to sewer project
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Lone Tree residents have seen their water and sewer rates rise this summer.

City officials said the increase is due to a sewer rate hike that was necessary to help fund a new sewer treatment facility.

“The sewer rates went up because the (Iowa Department of Natural Resources) requires us to rebuild our wastewater treatment facility,” Lone Tree Mayor Jon Green said.

Green explained that the rate hike is on a staggered schedule based on usage, but the minimum sewer rate increased by about $10 per month.

“We tried to minimize the impact on people who are on a fixed income,” Green said.

Some residents, though, have complained of much higher than normal water and sewer bills this summer.

“I spoke to the city clerk, and every issue raised, we found that everything was appropriately billed,” Green said.

He added that city officials will ask if residents have filled pools or used extra water on their lawns and gardens.

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