water and sewer

Hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

Hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

The Bethel City Council has officially raised the water rates. Piped customers will see a jump of about 36 percent, as the water bill will rise to 166 dollars a month, up from 125, and piped sewage at 47 dollars per month, up from 33 dollars. That wasn’t as high as the 67-percent increase that had been the proposed rate until just last night. Council member Leif Albertson made the amendment to trim down the increase.
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Pipes in Bethel's Housing Neighborhood. Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

Pipes in Bethel’s Housing Neighborhood. Photo by Ben Matheson/ KYUK.

The City of Bethel can’t apply for the grants it needs to fix the overstressed sewage lagoon and poor water quality in the Housing neighborhood. That’s because the utility is not covering costs though the current rates and taxpayers are picking up the half-million-dollar difference. The city council has been talking for many months on the contentious issue and is finally delving into specific proposals.
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Proposed hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

Proposed hauled customer zones. Map from the City of Bethel.

The Bethel City Council will take a first look at an ordinance to raise water and sewer rates.

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