Drought causes 35 percent water rate increase
DECATUR, IL — Starting next month, businesses and residents here will be paying 35 percent more for water, FOXIllinois.com reported.
The April 3 story stated that the area was one of the hardest hit by drought last year, and the city had severe water restrictions. The city council voted that the money generated by the rate increase would be used to find new water sources.
Dan Doughtery, owner of Rain Storm Car Wash, is trying to figure out how he will handle the increased cost. "What we're going to try to do first is look to see how much water we're using in each different application. See if we can reduce that usage or see if we can reuse some water in some applications that won't bother our car's finish," he said in the article.
During the drought last year, Dougherty had to haul in water just to keep Rainstorm Car Wash open. He hopes the higher water rates will not force him to raise prices.
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