BY MELANIE BUCK –
During Mena Water Utilities January meeting, the Commission approved a 0.8 percent increase in customers’ water bills. Mena Water Manager Charles Pitman said, “Each January, we increase water rates by the lesser of 3 percent or the prior year CPI.” CPI is the Consumer Price Index, which is a statistical estimate constructed using the prices of a sample of representative items whose prices are collected periodically. The CPI at the end of 2014 was 0.8 percent
Pitman said that customers will see an increase of $0.02 for every 1,000 gallons of water usage; therefore, the average customer will see an increase of $0.11 per month on their bill from the rate increase.