The Sheboygan Water Utility has made application to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to increase water rates in 2018. The primary drivers for this increase include necessary costs for infrastructure improvements, decreasing residential sales due to conservation, and increasing operation and maintenance costs. Implementation of the Utility’s UV disinfection system was completed late in 2016, which resulted in new operation costs and debt service. In addition, the Utility intends to construct a new water tower in 2018 to serve the City’s business center. The Utility has also begun planning and design work on a very costly raw water intake improvement project slated to begin construction as early as 2021. Despite the anticipated increase, Sheboygan’s water rates will remain among the lowest in the state for class AB utilities (serving more than 5,000 citizens). The graph below shows Sheboygan’s extremely low rates compared with neighboring communities. The Utility is committed to maintaining low and economical water rates but must also make necessary investments in critical infrastructure during the coming years, including the raw water intake project. This project is currently estimated at $28.5M.