At Monday night’s monthly council meeting, Todd Vincent of Sellers and Associates gave the aldermen and Delcambre Mayor Carrol Broussard a quote on what it would cost the town to repair all of the town’s broken pipes and then install water meters.
The price would range anywhere from $2.1 million to $2.6 million, depending on which type of water meter the town goes with.
Vincent explained to the aldermen that the town could borrow the $2 million from USDA and pay it back over 40 years.
If the aldermen do agree to go with water meters, it would mean the water rates would go up in the city by at least $10.
A homeowner is paying $16.60 per month for water despite whether they use one gallon or 60,000 gallons.
But if the town adopts water meters, a homeowner and business would pay for the amount of the water they used. The more water they use, the more they would pay.
The homeowner would see their rate go up to at least $28 per month.
Alderman Tim Derise informed the aldermen that six years ago Delcambre looked at installing meters at the same cost of $2.7 million. Over that time, with the help of grants, the town has repaired 60 percent of water lines at a cost of just over $1 million.
The aldermen instructed Vincent to search for a cheaper interest rate and did not make a decision on the meters.