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22021 Rate Case

2021 Rate Case

Here’s some information on our proposed rate case. A link to the full filing is below.

  • Bangor Water is not a City department and does not receive tax revenue
  • Bangor Water did not receive any COVID-relief funding
  • Water rate changes to do not impact sewer or stormwater bills
  • Sewer and stormwater charges are set by the Bangor City Council
  • With the change in water rates
    • The minimum water bill will increase from $44 per quarter to $50 per quarter
      • This is an increase of 7 cents per day
    • The average residential water bill will increase from $67 per quarter to $77 per quarter
      • This is an increase of 10 cents per day
    • Even with the increase, Bangor Water will have the 19th lowest water rate out of Maine’s 152 water utilities.

The revenues raised will target several items:

  • This is one more step in addressing our aging water infrastructure.  In Bangor’s system, 42 miles (22 percent) of nearly 200 miles of water mains are more than 100 years old. The cost to replace one mile of pipe now averages $2,000,000.
  • In addition to piping, our infrastructure includes treatment facilities, pump stations, and standpipes.
    • Replacement of our c. 1957 five-mile private power line feeding our treatment and pump stations at Floods Pond is scheduled for 2021, with a price tag of almost $1,000,000.
    • A $5,900,000 upgrade of our 25-year-old ozone treatment plant will be completed this year, allowing us to efficiently and reliably treat water for another 25 years
    • Design work continues on a project near BIA to replace two standpipes (constructed in 1944 and 1963) and a pump station (built in 1943) with one standpipe and a new pump station.
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No PFAS in Your Water

The world is full of acronyms—SUV, NFL, LOL, FBI—but in the world of water, the acronym people are talking about today is PFAS.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used since the 1950’s—generally related to the industrial use of chemicals.

Thanks to years of protecting our watershed, PFAS have never been found in our drinking water.  Due to the isolated nature of Floods Pond and the restricted activities allowed, sources of PFAS have never existed in or around the lake.