Des Plaines May Quit Buying Water From Chicago

DES PLAINES, Ill. (CBS) — Officials in Des Plaines are considering quitting buying water from the City of Chicago, on the grounds that it is too expensive.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports, the Daily Herald reported Des Plaines city officials say they are spending too much on water from the city. As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 budget, the City of Chicago raised its rates by 25 percent at the beginning of the year.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports

Des Plaines also raised its own water and sewer rates by about 21 percent retroactive to Jan. 1 to compensate for the rate hike, the Daily Herald reported. But the Chicago water rate hike calls for a 15 percent increase each year to come for four years, which would cost Des Plaines a total of $36 million, the newspaper reported.

Thus, the Des Plaines City Council approved spending about $68,000 on a feasibility study geared toward exploring other options for water service, the Daily Herald reported. The City of Evanston, or the villages of Wilmette or Glenview, are among the municipalities with their own water service that Des Plaines is considering buying from, the newspaper reported.

Residents of more than 100 suburbs purchase their water from the city, and they will see their bills double over the next four years along with city residents.

In his budget address last fall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the hike was mandated to replace the city’s water mains, some of which are 125 years old.

“It’s an investment that’s long overdue in Chicago’s future, and it’s time we do it,” the mayor said last fall.

The $2.8 billion project would replace 1,000 miles of water and sewer mains and create 1,800 jobs for a year.

But other suburban mayors have also complained about the city’s water rate hike. Willowbrook Mayor Bob Napoli told the Chicago Tribune last fall that he believes his town should only pay for maintenance on the apparatus that delivers water.

Several western suburbs late last year tried to persuade the city to roll back at least a portion of the hike.

  • tom sharp

    Good! lots of vitamins and other things in that Des Plaines river water!

  • THEE Yard Ape

    I wish I could stop buying water from this fuking city!!! Price is beyond extortion!!!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      BTW- Just got my bill up another $92 for the year!! FUK U CHICAGO!!!

  • Imustbestupid

    Mayor Rahm would charge for air if he could do it.

  • Miguel Rivera

    Looks like the Mayor Rahmster is increasing membership in the “I hate Enmanuel fanclub. It will get a lot bigger.

  • tony

    the mayor od chicago would sell his kids on a street corner if he knew it would bring money to his pocket

  • juju

    Thee Yard Ape drinks out of the toilet, not sure why he has to pay for so much. He does this to wipe the Cheetoh stains off has face.

  • VC

    I wish the mayor had to pay for things he might know how disappointed many in Chicago are now! I hope he’s a one term mayor….we need someone who will wotrk with us not against us…..the taxpayers!

  • frank1906

    My water bill from the city is 500.00 every 6 months. I live in a single family home with one other person… I pay way to much in this city. Doesn’t the Majyor realize if the surronding suburbs go to evanston or wilmette that lost money for the city.. Look at the big picture.. Also with a the new technolgy to replace water pipes, maybe his price tag is way to high.. did you look at other bids from non union city tie companies?

    • Roberta Waker

      Right you are, Frank. Our water bill went from $45 every THREE months for a family of five to $72 a month for Chicago water for TWO people. I wish our mayor would do a study and go back to our old water or go somewhere else. It was a lot cheaper, even with a water softener and purifier and I really think the water was better. It isn’t fair to charge the suburbs for 125 year old infrastructure that was neglected by Chicago for 100+ years.

  • dave29

    Rahm has the right idea take money from the folks who have no say in the matter. The dummies are the mayors of the towns who do not take the floks in crook county to court for theft. It is not the cities water it is property of the people, but that has never stopped a crook like Rahm.

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