The City of Sacramento says it will need $150 million worth of rate increases to pay for a new water treatment plant. If approved, the average ratepayers' bill will go 19 dollars over a three year span. The money would be used to build a new pump station right next to the old one north of Richards Boulevard.
The existing station is 90 years old and registered as a historic site in Sacramento. Dan Sherry with the city's Department of Utilities says the concrete and the motors are breaking down. He says whatever happens to the old building needs to be given the okay by the city's preservation committee.
SHERRY: The pump station which is a very cool building It has some great architectural features to it. It's definitely a landmark for the city and how we tie that in and what we want to do with it at this point hasn't been determined."
Sherry says plans for the project are about 30 percent complete and will be greatly affected by the Utility Rate Advisory Commission's January 25th vote on the rate increases.