Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked to approve a four-month contract extension to supply Evanston water to the Village of Skokie.

The existing 20-year agreement between the two communities is scheduled to run out Tuesday.


The proposed short-term extension includes a two-percent rate increase to $1.0797 per 1,000 gallons, but Evanston officials say that using standard rate-setting guidelines from the American Water Works Association, the rate could be more than twice that — as much as $2.21 per 1,000 gallons.

Skokie officials have strongly disagreed with Evanston’s position.

More about the city’s position in the dispute can be found in the packet for tonight’s City Council meeting.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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