Illinois American Water is seeking a rate increase, and has filed the necessary paperwork with the Illinois Commerce Commission. The water company recently invested about $980,000 into a project that will keep the water flowing north of Godfrey to Elsah and Grafton and Jersey Rural Water District, and they need more money to continue those efforts here, and around the state, according to a company spokesman.
Illinois American Spokesman Karen Cotton says upgrades to the system will hopefully address the issue of the aging infrastructure, which in some cases is hilighted by 2 inch diameter 80 year old pipe.
If approved, the rate hike would result in an increase in rates of approximately $7.06 per month for a typical residential customer using 4,500 gallons of water per month in the Alton District service area. Rates will not change until the fall of 2012, following ICC review and approval.