Another year, another proposed increase in Wichita’s water and sewer rates. This time, the increase likely will be about 5 percent. The Wichita City Council also will consider Tuesday whether to charge large water users more and add a small charge to fund a program that helps people struggling to pay their water bills. The annual rate hikes are getting old, but so are many of the city’s water and sewer pipes that need to repaired and replaced. – Phillip Brownlee
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