City of Fort Atkinson Water Utility rate to increase 

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DATE:              June 28, 2024

TO:                  Local Media Outlets

FROM:             Andy Selle, P.E., Director of Public Works

RE:                   City of Fort Atkinson Water Utility rate to increase   

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin formally approved the City of Fort Atkinson’s simplified rate case for a water rate increase starting on July 1, 2024. Increases will appear in the utility bills received by Fort Atkinson Utility customers in October. The increase for homeowners would be 4.1% or an average of $3.14 on the average residential bimonthly utility bill.

The base rate will increase from $13.90 to $14.47. Usage rate will increase from $3.30 per 100 cubic feet (748 gallons) to $3.44 per 100 cubic feet. The public fire protection rate will go from $21.20 to $22.07 and the water main replacement rate will go from $3.80 to $3.96.

The City’s last rate case was in 2020 and approved in 2021, prior to that it was 2010. The 2020 rate increase funded a dedicated, annual, water main replacement program, now in its third year. So far the City has replaced 14,100 linear feet of water main, or just under 3 miles of the approximately 75 miles of water main. The simple rate increase will adjust for increased costs in that program as well as operating expenses for the Water Utility. 

There are several components to each water bill, the fixed base rate, is fixed for all customer categories based on the size of the meter, and the usage rate, which is variable based upon the volume of water used. Fire protection and water main replacement rates are also fixed charges based on meter size. Utility bills also include sewer and stormwater rates, which had increases go into effect earlier this year.

Formed in 1901, the Fort Atkinson Water Utility is comprised of 75 miles of water mains. This network of underground pipes moves water to meet daily demands of residents, industry, and institutions and is a crucial component of fire suppression.

Questions on the rate increase may be directed to Andy Selle, Director of Public Works at or 920-397-9901. Questions about your utility bill can be directed to Utility Billing at 920-397-9902.