Back in February, more than 1200 Yuma foothills residents packed an auditorium to express their concerns over possible sewer and water rate increases by far west water and sewer.
This week, the Arizona Corporation Commission accepted the Yuma business's requests to have rates increase from about 22 dollars a month up to 39 dollars a month.
Then six months later, the rate will increase once again to nearly 60 dollars a month.
The rate increases are due largely to the building of $24-million dollars’ worth of water treatment facilities and upgrades.
Ray Jones, a consultant for far west, says the increases were needed to maintain their level of service.
“The new water treatment facilities were necessary to address the increasing number of customers, within the service area, and also to address increasingly stringent environmental guidelines.”
However, before these rate increases occur, Far West will have to meet strict guidelines set by the ACC.
Jones says that while the company understands the rate increases are significant, customers are should already being noticing the effects.
“Those facilities are by and large complete and in service today, and this decision recognizes the company’s investment.”