Here's How Much Your Water Bill Could Go Up

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The City of Topeka unveiled how much more you may soon have to pay for water. On Monday, utilities officials detailed the need for improvements at a town hall meeting.

Under their plan you'd see a 6% water rate increase in 2015 and a 5% jump in 2016 and 2017. Director of Administrative and Financial Services Doug Gerber says the tradeoff is better service by upgrading aging infrastructure.

"We're no different than any city," he explained. "We have aging infrastructure and those needs have to be met with corresponding revenues. And, as we've seen from a lot of water main breaks across town, we have a some issues we need to address."

"Some rate enhancements help us do just that," he added.

The City Council will discuss the rate increase proposals in its next meeting on September 9th. You can hear details at another town hall meeting at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night at the Holliday Building, 620 SE Madison St. in Topeka.