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Tiered water rates effective August 1 in City of Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK — The City of Highland Park released tiered water rates effective Aug. 1. Read the full release below:

The City’s tiered water rate plan for all single family structures as well as the increased water rate plan for commercial properties go into effect August 1, 2013. The rates were approved on February 25, 2013 by the City Council and amended on June 10, 2013 and are part of the larger Water Conservation & Efficiency (WCE) Initiative.

The three-tiered rate plan applies to residential properties in which citizens utilizing a higher volume of water may see changes in water rates. The majority of single-family customers in the City of Highland Park use water at a consumption rate that will remain unaffected by the new initiative and will maintain the $1.81 per unit (with water usage of less than 60 units quarterly). Rates for residents using between 61 and 80 units will be charged $1.99 per unit and rates for residents using 81 units or more will be charged $2.08 per unit.

Commercial property rates have increased from $1.81 to $1.99 per unit. To understand current water usage and how these rates may affect you, consumption readings can be viewed on quarterly water bills under the Meter Readings section.

The initiative also entails implementation of other water waste reduction measures such as odd/even sprinkling restrictions effective until September 15th of each calendar year, smart sensor installation on new lawn sprinkling systems and public education on water conservation.

The City of Highland Park recognizes the importance of responsibly managing our water resources and has taken proactive measures to create efficiencies in its water distribution. These initiatives fall in line with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) proposed regulations seeking similar initiatives for all consumers of Lake Michigan water.

For more information on the new WCE Initiative, please visit the City’s webpage at www.cityhpil.com/waterconservation. For questions on water billing and the tiered rate plan, please call (847) 432-0800.

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