Rapid City homeowners to see water rate hike

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Rapid City Council took the first step Monday night in raising water rates.

The first reading passed the council eight to two. Council members John Roberts of Ward 4 and Ward 1’s Becky Drury were the "no" votes.

If approved, the water rate increase will gradually go up over the next five years. As for residents, the average monthly bill is currently around $30. After the increase, in 2022 the average bill will be about $46, a difference of nearly $16.

The ordinance will go through a second reading at the next council meeting Aug. 20.