NEWS & INFORMATION
Water Rate Adjustment Announced
Board of Trustees recently adjusted the water rates for Emmetsburg
customers. The rate change is being implemented to support the
construction of a new water treatment plant. Plans for the new
plant that will replace EMU’s existing facility are currently
underway and construction is anticipated to begin this spring.
Portions of the existing plant are anywhere from 30 to 100 years
old, and the facility is in poor physical condition. It would
require extensive renovation and repairs to meet current standards.
Even more important, the average water demands of the community
today are nearing the existing plant’s total capacity. More capacity
will be required to serve projected needs in the future.
Though the utility has applied for grants and low-interest
loans, and reserves in the amount of $300,000 to $400,000 will
be expended for this project, it is necessary to adjust the rates
to see the project to its completion.
While the overall rate adjustment is approximately
40%, customers will see a gradual adjustment over a three-year
period of approximately 13% each year. This adjustment takes effect
March 15, 2005.
The Board of Trustees also has adopted a new policy
that prohibits the extension of utility services outside the city
limits for residential use. The Board has found it an acceptable
practice to charge a higher rate to customers receiving utility
services outside the city limits than to residents within the
city of Emmetsburg. Here is the new rate structure:
City Limits Water Rate
Base Monthly Charge: $7.00
0-600,000 Gallons: $2.00 per 1,000 gallons
Over 600,000 Gallons: $1.25 per 1,000 gallons
Outside City Limits Water Rate (Residential)
Base Monthly Charge: $10.50
0-600,000 Gallons: $3.00 per 1,000 gallons
Over 600,000 Gallons: $1.88 per 1,000 gallons
EMU appreciates the privilege of serving you. If
you have any questions or need more information, contact us at
For a Tune Up
Get your air conditioner ready for the summer workout.
Have your system serviced by a professional now. Energy
savings can range from 15 to 30 percent immediately after servicing
your unit. Servicing includes cleaning the condenser and
evaporator coils, adjusting the refrigerant charge, cleaning the
evaporator blower wheels, and cleaning or changing the filters.
Keep Your Meter Clear
reminder to all residents:
Be sure your gas meters are easily accessible to meter readers.
Please trim grass, weeds, and bushes away from the meters.
Never enclose the meter with a fence or tie dogs near the meters
so that the reader has difficulty accessing them.
Call Before You Dig
If you’re planning a project that will involve digging 15
inches or deeper on your property — building a fence, planting
a tree, etc. — remember to put a call to IOWA ONE CALL
on your plans list.
Remember: One careless scoop of the shovel and you could
knock out services to your home or neighborhood. Even worse,
you could be severely or fatally injured if you come into contact
with an underground line.
IOWA ONE CALL is a free service that will notify the utilities
to come mark the location of any underground lines. Then
you’ll know where — and where not — to dig. You must call
IOWA ONE CALL at least 48 hours in advance of your project
(not counting weekends and holidays).