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About your water bill …

Evanston residents who cut back to a smaller, 65-gallon garbage cart to avoid an increase in fees got a surprise on their water bills this week.

A water bill with the incorrect description circled.

Evanston residents who cut back to a smaller, 65-gallon garbage cart to avoid an increase in fees got a surprise on their water bills this week.

A water bill with the incorrect description circled.

Instead of showing the smaller cart, newly issued water bills showed the residents as having an extra cart — which would lead to an extra charge.

A public works department staffer tells Evanston Now the problem was just with the description on the bill. The charge — $13.90 — for two months of service with a 65-gallon cart at $6.95 per month — was correct.

The staffer says the department is working with the private contractor that prepares the city’s water bills to make sure the description is right when the next bills go out in July.

"We’ve gotten a lot of calls about that," she added.

If you actually have an extra cart, the new rate is $10.95 for the first 95-gallon cart and $6.95 for the extra cart — which would add up to $35.80 on your water bill every other month.

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