The Puyallup City Council voted earlier this month to provide indexed annual adjustments to the water, wastewater and stormwater utility rates with charges based on the Engineering News Record Construction Cost Index. The council voted 4-3 on Feb. 4.
It also approved an additional 4 percent increase in water utility rates each year from 2014-17. The increase was recommended by City Manager Bill McDonald to help fully fund the maintenance and replacement of the water utility infrastructure.
In an earlier report, Public Works Director Rob Andreotti said the city would need to spend about $2 million a year to replace aging pipes. Last year, the city spent $1.3 million. It will be about that same this year, Andreotti said.