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Valparaiso Considering Water Rate Increase

Effectively managing complex utility systems requires a highly efficient structure of interconnected infrastructure and competent and trained personnel. Deciding upon the most strategic approaches for these purposes requires thoughtful planning and collaboration. This includes a combination of a periodic reevaluation of current operations, infrastructure assessment and customer user fees to support future operations and capital expenditures to meet stringent environmental requirements. To continue to be a leader amongst our peer cities in the State of Indiana, the City of Valparaiso’s utility planning process requires this thoughtful evaluation by the City Administration, Utilities Board of Directors, VCS leadership team and the Common Council.

A certain number of Valparaiso water and wastewater treatment process units and conveyance systems within the City of Valparaiso’s (City) are between 35 to 60 years of age which does not include ground infrastructure of which 1/3 of this infrastructure is greater than 50 years of age and are nearing the end of operational effectiveness. As a part of strategic planning and master plan studies, the Valparaiso City Utilities (VCU) Board of Directors initiated engineering designs in 2022 with their consultants (Arcadis US, Inc., DLZ and Stantec, Inc.) in order to finalize construction plans for major improvements at the City’s water and wastewater utilities.  These efforts are to ensure the ongoing modernization of utility facilities and conveyance systems, environmental sustainability, and regulatory compliance.

As the city moves forward in finalizing and prioritizing these important capital projects, Valparaiso City Services assembled a team to discuss and determine the long-term infrastructure needs of the City’s water and wastewater systems.   The goal is to continue to provide safe, reliable and uninterrupted services at a competitive cost to our community while supporting responsible growth and maintaining compliance with environmental requirements.

The City Council Will Consider the Rate increase on March 25th at 4:45 pm, in the City Hall Chambers. To learn more visit valparaisoutilities.org.valparaiso indiana utilities rate increase water and storm water

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.