Minn. House Backs Water Fee Hikes

Posted at: 04/19/2013 3:54 AM | Updated at: 04/19/2013 3:55 AM

nullST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted to tack extra charges on water flowing everywhere from the kitchen faucet to the farm-field irrigators.

They are part of a wide-ranging finance plan for natural resource, agriculture and pollution control programs that passed Thursday night on a 69-61 vote.

The water fees would help support programs exploring groundwater changes and developing other management efforts. The fees might also discourage excessive use.

The typical homeowner would pay about 75 cents more per year, but those prone to heavy lawn watering could see their costs rise about $4. Projections are that farmers would pay $2 to $3 more per acre, double that range in drier years. Municipal water systems and golf course operators would see their costs by thousands per year.

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