By: Kate Pabich
Turning on the faucet is going to get a bit more pricey on one side of the river. Iowa American Water is raising rates.
You're going to have to dig a little deeper into your wallet the next time you brush your teeth or take a shower. Starting May 10th, water rates are going up about $2.50 a month.
John Groves's son Hunter plays tee ball and after sliding into home, he needs a bath. But John doesn't think it's fair it'll soon cost his family in Bettendorf more to wash up.
"It's just more money more money more money out of your pocket."
And Meredith Lenning is in the same boat.
"I feel that our water prices are really high so any increase is a negative one in my opinion."
But Iowa American Water President, Randy Moore, says the increase is necessary.
"Fuel costs have gone up, I don't need to tell you that, chemical costs have gone up the expense to operate and to run our facilities, to continue to provide safe reliable water for our customers have all increased."
So starting May 10th residents will see a hike, but the Iowa Utilities Board still needs to approve the $6.00 per month increase the company has requested.
"I think it will catch a lot of people off guard when they get their next water bill for sure."
Iowa American says it'll be sending out water conservation tips and even kits to help find leaks in your pipes to try and make things easier on the customers.
The Iowa Utilities Board has until next February to make a decision on the $6.00 a month increase. If they vote it down, the interim rate will be refunded to customers.