Nashville’s water utility is operating in the red – something that is not supposed to happen. The infrastructure is old, and officials say it frequently breaks causing water loss.
“As water meters become old they become lousy, they allow free water to pass through and that in turn adds to the problem and lowers the amount of revenue coming in so right now the way it is the utility is on a decline,” said Town Superintendent Roger Bush.
The city hired Indianapolis firm H.J. Humbaugh to conduct a study looking at the water issue. The findings encourage the city to raise water rates and use the additional revenue to replace the aging infrastructure and pay for the water being used.
Town Council President Bob Curlin says that’s the only option.
“It’s something that council does not want to do, it’s something the community, Nashville does not want to do,” Curlin said. “Unfortunately sometimes in life we don’t have a lot of alternatives and this is the best one we have found.”
Council members will vote on the proposed rate hike at their Thursday meeting. If passed, the rate increase would be almost 30 percent. Curlin says residents have opposed smaller increases in previous years, which is why it is so high.