Gleason water rates to jump 33%


Gleason Water rates will increase by 33 percent on July 1 after a vote by the city council on May 20 to raise the rates. The increase follows a recommendation from the state comptroller’s office to conduct a rate study and consider raising rates to ensure the financial stability of the water department. This will be the first increase since 2023 when the city raised their rates by 3%. There were no increases at all for 2020, 2021 or 2022.

According to the city’s audit reports, water sales revenues dropped in 2022 from the 2021 revue, logging $182,377 in the 12 months ending June 30, 2021 and only $179,594 for 2022, a decline of $2783.

According to the website This Old House (, on average, U.S. households spend about $39.16 monthly on water. This accounts for a small portion of the overall utility expenses, with the total average monthly utility cost being around $609.90Current trends in water rates reflect a national movement towards ensuring sustainable and reliable water services amidst growing environmental and economic challenges. Across the United States, many municipalities are implementing water rate increases to address the rising costs associated with aging infrastructure, climate change impacts, and the need for advanced water treatment technologies. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) highlights that utilities are under increasing pressure to replace old pipelines, upgrade treatment plants, and ensure compliance with stricter environmental regulations. These investments are essential but costly, necessitating adjustments in water rates to cover the expenses.

The next Gleason city council meeting will be held on June 17 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.