WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Wichita City Council on Tuesday voted 7-0 in first round approval to increase water and sewer rates. The issue will come back up for a final vote at a later date.

The recommended rate adjustments for 2022 are 6.50% for water and 3% for sewer, for a combined rate adjustment of 5.13%.

CUSTOMER IMPACTS

Gallons per month2021 Cost 2022 Cost Dollar Increase
Residential Low3,750$52.03$54.51$2.48
Residential Mid7,500$76.92$80.70$3.77
Residential High15,000$145.27$153.49$8.22
Commercial100,000$754.52$756.36$31.84
Industrial10,000,000$67,758$70,712$2,953

The rate adjustments were made to help fund the ongoing operation and maintenance of water and sewer utilities.

Right now, work continues on the $524 million Northwest Water Facility and the $357 million Biological Nutrient Removal project.

The new rates will take effect on Jan. 1, 2022, pending final approval. Adjustments are the same as those shared with the council since December 2019.