The Nashville Town Council is seeking funding to upgrade the infrastructure of its water utility system, which could mean an increase in water rates for Nashville residents.
The council wants to complete 10 improvement projects including water line, meter, and fire hydrant replacement as well as installing new storage tanks.
Town Superintendent Roger Bush says if there is available money, it would potentially be bonded by Rural Development and then be borrowed by the utilities department.
“What happens is, when you bond any kind of project, basically increases utility rate is what is does,” Bush says.
The utility department is currently running a deficit and recently had to borrow $50,000 from itself. The infrastructure project aims to reduce the amount of money needed to make repairs to the aging system
“As most rural communities, our infrastructure is becoming older and its starting to fail and the cost of those repairs are obviously becoming greater and greater…we’re having a lot of problems with lines breaking down,” Bush says.
Carmel Corn Cottage Owner and Nashville resident Jim Rispoli says he will have to raise prices at his store if rates continue to rise. He has also seen his water bill double for his home.
“We didn’t have sewer before, so sewer doubles the water, plus we had to put a grinder in there too and that’s 7 bucks a month for that, plus doubling of the water bill so it’s up to 70, 80 dollars a month. And I’m just two people,” says Rispoli. “I can imagine half a dozen kids, showers every day, you know.”
The last rate increase was last year when residents saw a five percent increase in their water bill because of increased rates from one of the utilities that supplies Nashville’s water.