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Water Rate Increase

Water rates have increased by 1.1 %. The new rates will be reflected on water bills received AFTER July 1, 2017. This is a pass­through of the increase in the cost the Village pays to purchase water from the DuPage Water Commission (DWC). The DWC purchases Lake Michigan Water from the City of Chicago and in turn, distributes and sells it to member communities, including Downers Grove. These new rates, which do not affect the fixed fee portion of Village rates, are as follows:


Table 1: Current and new water rates
Customer Current Rate        Rate Reflected on bills
received AFTER July 1, 2017
Within Village Limits $5.96/unit $6.03/unit
Outside Village Limits
$6.84/unit $6.92/unit

Actual consumption is metered in cubic feet and reflected in units on the water bill. One unit is equal to 100 cubic feet or approximately 750 gallons of water. Providing clean, safe and reliable drinking water is a fundamental Village service. Despite the unforeseen and substantial increases in water rates by the City of Chicago, it is important to continue implementation of the 2010 Water Rate Study recommendations to ensure the ongoing viability of Downers Grove's water system.