Council approves water rate increase

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): You’ll pay more for water service in Fort Wayne soon.

The Fort Wayne City Council authorized an annual rate increase of around $1.50 per month for the next five years on a 7-2 vote last night.

The Journal Gazette reports they also authorized about $85.5-million in bonds to get a head start on replacing as many as 14 miles of water lines per year.

City Utilities CEO Kumar Menon had previously said the rate hike was necessary due to aging pipes installed between 1920 and 1970 that are failing at a rapid pace. Last year alone, the city had to deal with 350 water main breaks.

Republicans Jason Arp and Russ Jehl voted against both measures.

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