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Carwash family fears local water ‘nightmare’

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL — A family-owned carwash is afraid of the changes under a new city water contract.


CHICAGO HEIGHTS, IL — One carwash owner is worried about steep water prices as the city here renegotiates its water contract, ChicagoHeightsPatch reported.

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The Oct. 26 story stated that the city’s new water contract would increase the rate from 57 cents per 1,000 gallons to $2.20 per $1,000 gallons. Max Mankiewicz with Udo’s Prairie State Car Wash said the change would negatively affect the business.

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“It would be killing us,” Mankiewicz said in the story. “It would put us out. Business isn’t going up. Nobody’s got any extra money, and if they keep adding bills on us and everything keeps going up, we can’t raise prices. Nobody can afford anything anymore.”


According to the story, the city filed for an injunction with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Committee to renegotiate the rates, and the hearing is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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Mankiewicz hopes his family’s carwash does not have to go to drastic measures to fight the rising prices. “Hopefully it works out,” Mankiewicz said in the story. “In nine years, we raised prices 50 cents. We’re trying to keep it down as much as we can because nobody’s got any extra income. To raise prices, I’m sure we’d lose a lot of customers. If this happens, it would be a nightmare for us.”


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