Good news for Green Lake water bills

Nobody likes paying bills, but there’s good news if you’re from the city of Green Lake:

Green Lake water customers are paying much less than those in other area cities and villages. And that’s after the city’s rate jumped in 2012.

City of Green Lake water bills are the third-lowest among the smaller communities throughout the region — and right behind is Ripon (see a complete chart, only in the March 21 issue of the Commonwealth).

Those numbers are based on the average family’s usage for a three-month period — perhaps between 14,000 and 18,750 gallons, officials estimate.

Providing these costs is the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC), an independent agency responsible for regulating utilities, including those that are owned by municipalities. The PSC puts Green Lake’s municipal water charges in the lower-third among 10 smaller communities in Green Lake and Fond du Lac counties.

In comparison, the city of Princeton has the highest water rate in Green Lake County by far. Fond du Lac County’s most expensive water comes from Campbellsport, followed by Waupun, according to the PSC.

Green Lake city officials are pleased with the news, especially considering the city’s water rates jumped last summer.

“That was the first major water rate increase the city had in 17 years, so we’re still competitive with our neighboring communities,” city Public Works Director Glen McCarty said.

Still, the June 1, 2012, water rate increase caused concerns in Green Lake ... Continue reading in the March 21 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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