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EWSU Proposes New $177 Million Water Plant Funded by Rate Increase

Evansville Water & Sewer Utility is gearing up for a $177 million project that would impact all 66,000 of its customers.

Posted: Apr 7, 2021 8:14 AM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 8:33 AM

Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU) has proposed the creation of a new water treatment plant, that if approved, could come with a rate increase for customers.

The new plant would come with a price tag of $177 million, which the monthly bill increase would help fund. EWSU says the rate increase would also help cover other projects throughout the city.

EWSU says that for the average customer, the largest monthly increase would be no more than $3.47.

The city of Evansville's current water treatment plant was built in 1897, making it over 120 years old. EWSU says the current plant has reached the end of its useful life and that the only option is to construct a new one.

“You just don’t hear of facilities lasting that long. So we needed to do it," said EWSU Executive Director Lane Young. "The reality is maybe we needed to do a little bit more quickly than 120 years but it didn’t happen."

The cost of the proposed project would also include the relocation of the city garage.

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