Lafayette Water Works Department

Jim Hammer /

The Lafayette City Council is one step closer to approving a nearly 50-percent water rate increase, but officials say it’ll only make a few dollars’ difference on an average resident’s monthly bill.

After conducting a rate study, the city is moving forward with what officials are calling the Water System Capital Improvements Plan -- which argues the current water charges aren’t enough to cover costs of running and maintaining Lafayette’s wastewater utility.

Lafayette prospecting for water

Nov 13, 2012
Mike Loizzo / WBAA Radio

The City of Lafayette is looking for greater water capacity, in case future growth requires it.

The city can pump 24 million gallons of water per day now, even though homes and businesses use only about 10 million.

Still, Lafayette is testing the water supply under the old Aretz Field, north of State Road 25 and Interstate 65.

The search for water at the old airport began a few years ago. In 2010, the city acquired 16 acres at the southeast corner of the property.