Winter Wears on Rhinelander City Water Bill, Water Treatment Center

In the beginning of February, Rhinelander began its run water notice, and since then, its exceeded its half a million dollars mark for the city, and the cost to run water continues to climb.

The winter has worn on the city's bank account, and it has the water treatment center on overdrive too.

Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman said the city has spent more than it ever has on thawing pipes, with at least 500 freezups so far.

"It's been a long month," Kingman said.

He said they're open to applying for federal aid to help pay.

"We had an overwhelming amount of work," Kingman said. "Our city staff was maximized."

Thanks to winter, the plant is treating three times more water, all while producing organic fertilizer in the process.

Kingman said as soon as the frost melts, Rhinelander will be able to lift the water order for everyone.

"Ultimately, it costs everybody," Kingman said.

Until then, the plant will continue to treat more water than ever to keep pipes thawed as the bills continue to climb, and we continue to freeze.

Kingman said even though you won't see an increase in your water bill immediately because of the running water, the money still has to come from somewhere. However, that could be from city taxpayers or through the help of a federal disaster grant.

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