In June 2022, the Whitewater Common Council authorized the Water Utility to apply to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to review water rates. The PSC issued a ruling on February 15, 2023 that will result in a 30% increase to help pay for the new elevated water tower and replacement of water mains under East Main Street and Yoder lane. The new water tower along Highway 12 will replace the retiring Starin Park water tower and reservoir at the corner of Starin Road and Fremont Street, both of which are >100 years old.
The new rates will result in a monthly increase of $7.27 for a typical residential customer who uses 3,000 gallons per month. These rates will go into effect on April 28, 2023 and will be visible on the monthly billing beginning in May.