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Water rate hikes in the pipeline

June 21, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Maui County water users could see 6 to 8 percent increases in their water bills next year so that the Department of Water Supply can perform maintenance and upgrades of aging systems and issue more water meters, a department official said last week.

According to Deputy Water Supply Director Paul Meyer, the County Council will soon determine how it will fund the maintenance and expansion of the county water system. The options are rate increases, hiking the price of water meters or bond issuance. He added that Maui County has the lowest water rates in the state and pointed to a draft report that showed that an average household on Kaua'i, O'ahu and the Big Island pays $68.91 a month, versus Maui County residents who pay $54.60 a month on average.

The council passed its budget for Fiscal Year 2013 this month, which included higher water rates. On average, rates went up about 4 percent, he said.

There is a current waiting list of about 1,300 people seeking about 2,600 meters.



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