Even with recent increases, utility rates in Parsons compare favorably to five other Southeast Kansas cities of similar size, as long as customers use only a minimal amount of water.
Larger water users in Parsons pay considerably larger bills as compared to the other cities.
A look at the rates for water, wastewater and sanitation for Parsons, Chanute, Coffeyville, Independence, Iola and Fort Scott showed that only Coffeyville customers paid a lower bill for the three services based on 1,500 gallons of water used and regular sanitation service. That amount of water used in a month is the base rate charged in Parsons for water billing. The city’s minimum rate for wastewater is charged to customers who use an average of 1,500 gallons of water or less in October and November of the previous year. For example, if a customer uses only 1,000 gallons of water in October and 1,500 gallons of water in November, the average amount used in the two months would be 1,250, meaning the customer would be charged the minimum amount for wastewater in the following year.
(Read more: Parsons Sun)