With more than half of Brookfield’s water mains 100 years old or more, the village is considering a plan to systematically replace those pipes over the next 50 years. It won’t be cheap. The cost to replace those mains is estimated at $65 million, with five blocks of main expected to be replaced each year.
If the village moves ahead with such a plan, water customers will be socked with a $2.03 increase over the current fee, bringing the cost of water to $13.50 per 1,000 gallons.
According to the village, that means the average bi-monthly water bill of $90.12 will go up to $106.06, an increase of about 18 percent or about $96 per year. Those paying a minimum water bill of $57.20 would see their rates increase to $67.32, an increase of about $50 per year.
With that plan on the drawing board, the village has initiated an online survey to gain resident feedback. It’s a simple, one question survey, simply asking whether or not you’d support such an initiative.
You can find the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/BrookfieldWaterRate