WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to put off approving rate and fee increases for water and sewer services.

The council will discuss it at the Nov. 8 meeting. Many members of the council want more data on the increase, and some expressed concern over what the impact of the increase would be for customers who are on a fixed income.

The recommended rate adjustments for 2023 are 6.25% for water and 3% for sewer, for a combined rate adjustment of 4.95%.

Here is how it would break down monthly for customers.

Each year, the council is asked to approve rate adjustments needed to cover the cost of providing water and sewer to all.

The City says user fees were last updated in 2019 and are charged to those receiving incidental services such as new account registrations, industrial strength wastewater permits, and backflow prevention.

Two significant projects impacting the adjustments include the $553 million Northwest Water Facility (NWWF) project, the $357 million Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) project, as well as the other $448 million water and sewer projects in the Adopted 2023-2032 Capital Improvement Program.