Herald: DuPage Water Commission turnaround: It’s cutting water rates about 2%

April 21, 2015

Robert Sanchez, Daily Herald

The cost of water is dropping for most DuPage County towns for the first time since the agency that supplies Lake Michigan water was rocked by a financial scandal more than five years ago.

The DuPage Water Commission has cut rates by about 2 percent as part of the agency’s roughly $123 million budget for the fiscal year that starts May 1…

While the commission has about $12 million in remaining debt, that amount is scheduled to be paid in full by May 2016.

“I just think it’s a remarkable turnaround,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “When you think about where they were four years ago and consider the fact that they are prepared to implement a 2 percent reduction in rates … it’s just dramatic.

“There were all sorts of problems and issues and scandals,” Cronin said. “Today, they’re a model agency.”

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