MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Water Utility officials are considering raising rates to balance the department budget.
The board will review a 2014 operating budget at a meeting Tuesday night. Part of that budget includes a 22 percent rate increase.
The average customer's bill would go up by about $4.05 a month, taking effect in the second half of 2014. Officials say Madison's water rate would still be below the statewide average.
The rate increase would cover projects to rebuild the city's water infrastructure. Madison Water Utility plans to replace 400 miles of pipe over the next 40 years, which will cost $7.5 million each year.
A rate increase would also need be approved by the Public Service Commission.
Madison Water Utility had intended to raise rates in 2012, but the summer drought led to high water use.
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