EUGENE, Ore. — EWEB customers will see in an increase to both their water and electric rates and it’s going to be a little higher than originally projected.
The Eugene Water and Electric Board commissioners unanimously approved a 4.5 percent electric rate increase Tuesday night.
The increase will cost the average single-family home more than $6 per month.
EWEB commissioners also voted to increase water rates by 6 percent, that’s double the original proposal.
Part of the justification for the increased rate was to create a reserve fund to find a secondary water source for EWEB customers in the event a natural disaster cuts off EWEB’S only water supply.
Commissioners also approved a budget that’s about $15 million less than last year.
“The problem is right now there’s a glut of power here in the Northwest,” said EWEB Spokesman Joe Harwood. “The price for power is down, but the problem is EWEB is still generating power from these renewable resources which are more expensive than traditional and natural gas.”
The increased rates goes into effect February 1.