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Laundromat owner in Waterloo objects to sewer hike

Chuck Hinkel, owner of the Laundry Depot on Virginia Street, told the Village Board Monday that he’d have to do 700 more loads of wash a year to cover the proposed hike in his sewer bill.

That was part of his argument against the proposed 19-percent sewer rate increase from $8.38 to $9.98 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

While board members seemed sympathetic, the board voted 5-0 to approve the rate hike. It will go into effect June 1. The village water rate will remain at $5.25 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

“As a laundromat, my main product is water. I spent $13,400 for water and sewer last year. But I know of similar sized laundromats located elsewhere that pays $4,000 to $5,000 for those same bills,’’ Hinkel said.

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