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COLLIINSVILLE, Ill. – The Collinsville mayor and City Council agreed at a special meeting/strategic session to build a new water treatment plant.

The proposal was approved Nov. 23 because the current water treatment plant is more than 60-years-old and needs extensive upgrades and improvements. Officials say renovation was out of the question. Collinsville Water and Sewer Director Dennis Kress says the decision came after several plant visits, engineering meetings, and cost estimates.

According to Kress, water rates will increase by approximately 38 percent, which is less than it would have been if the city decided to renovate the plant. The increase will begin for Collinsville water customers in January by approximately $1.27 per 1,000 gallons used.

"It's important to note that this increase is not a result of budget deficits. It's due to the construction of a whole new water plant altogether," said Kress.

Public input about the rate increase is encouraged at a special meeting in the City Council chambers Monday, Dec. 9 at 6 p.m.