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August 5, 1998


Looks like it'll cost more to turn on faucets and water lawns in Baldwin next year.

Baldwin officials will be faced with raising their water rates nearly 4 percent for next year, thanks to the Lawrence City Commission's decision Tuesday to boost wholesale water rates.

The rates -- charged to five rural water districts and the city of Baldwin -- will jump to $1.62 for every 1,000 gallons, up from the $1.56 per 1,000 gallons this year.

And in Baldwin, at least, that means the city's water customers can look forward to a corresponding increase in their water bills.

Baldwin does not have a water treatment plant of its own. Its raw water is treated in Lawrence, which, in turn, charges Baldwin.

Lawrence's water customers won't be charged more next year, a fact not lost on Bill Winegar, Baldwin's director of Public Works.

``You would think if their cost of production is going up, their in-town customers' rates would go up, too, without putting it all on the wholesale customers,'' he said. ``But like I said, there's not much I can do about it.''

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is

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