Citizens conducts public hearing on water and sewer bill increase

Indianapolis uses a combined sewer system. So every time it rains even a little bit, storm water combines with waste water and flows into the waterways.

Your water bills are about to go up. Citizens Energy is proposing a rate increase in the coming year and today is your chance to tell them what you think about the price hike.

When it rains, like it did overnight, it only takes a quarter inch of rain to send raw sewage into Fall Creek and the White River. The increases proposed by Citizens would help pay to prevent that from happening.

"When it's all said and done, our waterways will be 95-98 percent cleaner than what they are right now," according to Sarah Holsapple, a Citizens spokesperson. "But all that costs money, and the only way Citizens can recoup those fees is through ratepayers." 

The largest increase you can expect will come in January, and will be a gradual increase.

Your sewer bill will go up on average $10 a month initially, then a few months later, another $4 for a total of $14.

Your water bill, starting in January will go up on average $3-to-$4 a month.

The EPA has mandated that we clean up our water by 2025. So that means more increases will come down the road.

Today (Thursday, May 16) you can voice your opinion at utility regulatory hearings.  The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. in the PNC Center of the downtown Hyatt Hotel on Washington and Illinois.