Best estimates from the state indicate Indiana’s water utilities need around $15 billion to improve their infrastructure.
A bill approved Wednesday in a House committee would allow utilities to charge future alternative energy customers a fee.
The new proposal would provide flexible energy efficiency goals for utility companies.
Indiana state law says a bill becomes law if left unsigned by the governor for seven days.
Vectren says it‘s a sign that more people are finding work, and it‘s also due to low natural gas prices.
Washington City Council members say water utilities is no longer solvent.
City Utilities Director Patrick Murphy says since the restrictions were instituted, the average daily demand has decreased 18 percent to 20 percent.
Higher water bills are cutting into some household budgets more than utilities customers can afford.
Martinsville has not raised its water rate in about six years, and the city says it needs the increase to pay for infrastructure improvements.
The average utilities customer could pay an additional $250 in 2012 when all proposed increases are considered.