Carmel Utilities has been providing reliable water and wastewater service to its customers since 1929, thanks to hundreds of miles of pipe and dozens of dedicated people working around the clock. The aspects of utility infrastructure maintenance have costs and those costs are rising. Even with prudent and efficient management there comes a time to adjust rates to pay for these rising costs.
Water Rate Comparisons with Surrounding Cities
For a home with a 5/8 inch meter for 6,000 gallons consumption the monthly bill will be $27.84, an increase of $ 7.09. In surrounding cities, that same 6,000 gallons of water will cost:
City Monthly Rate Carmel (New) $27.84
Sanitary Sewer Rate Comparisons with Surrounding Cities
The new sewer rates reflect a flat increase of 9%. For a home with 6,000 gallons of monthly usage, the bill will be $32.80, an increase of $2.71. In surrounding cities, that same level of service will cost you:
City Monthly Rate Carmel (New) $32.80
Non-recurring Fee Changes
The Utility charges one-time fees for a variety of items such as new connection fees and irrigation installation permit fees. These fees will receive increases averaging 10%.
Cost of Living Adjustment
In order to avoid future large rate changes, the City Council approved an automatic 3% annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) to be applied to all rates and fees charged by the Utilities. This increase will take place January 1st of each year. This cost of living adjustment is a preferred rate maintenance method for many utilities as it eliminates unpredictable large rate changes and is useful for budgeting purposes.
Storm Water Fees
The storm water fee has been increased 3% for all property within the City limits of Carmel. The new fee for single family homes has been increased from $4.95 to $5.10. This increase will be reflected on the Carmel Utilities bills starting February 2016.
A complete list of water and sewer rates and fee changes are available on the City’s website www.carmel.in.gov.