A potential water rate increase was presented to members of the Arkadelphia Water and Sewer Committee Wednesday afternoon.

A potential water rate increase was presented to members of the Arkadelphia Water and Sewer Committee Wednesday afternoon.
Although there were no hard numbers presented, David Green, utilities manager with the Arkadelphia Water Department, stated the purpose for the discussion was to gain input from the committee.
“Most of us feel that we don’t want it, but it needs to happen. Not only because we are building a new water plant, but it is to keep moving forward,” Green explained.
Green presented several ideas to the committee for consideration.
“If we wait until ’19 (to increase the rate) it will kind of run as a pattern of five years on and five years off. We can kind of prepare people so they will know it’s going to happen and it might make it a little easier for people,” said Green.
Green noted customers currently receive 2,000 gallons of water for $8.30. An idea had been pitched to reduce the gallons sold at that rate from 2,000 to 1,000.
“The part that scares me about that is the ones who are in that low usage are generally the elderly. I don’t want to single them out and that is why I don’t like reducing the minimum to 1,000 gallons. But it is an option,” Green said.
According to Green, there were 1,250 accounts that used less than 2,000 gallons of water in May, while 551 accounts used less than 1,000 gallons during the same time.
Committee member Bill Fowler stated he was not in favor of reducing the minimum gallons from 2,000 to 1,000.
“A lot of the minimum users are elderly and they do make an honest effort to conserve and be good stewards of their homes and water,” said Fowler.
According to Green, the city’s water rate has remained the same since 2013. A final decision regarding the rate increase was not made at Tuesday’s meeting.
Other items addressed:
• Green told the committee that construction on the Water Treatment Plant is ahead of schedule.