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NOME, Alaska -- A change in policy by the Nome utility to
metered supply to
utilities has been blamed for the temporary shutdown of one of a few public
laundries in town. Although the Blizzard Laundry has reopened after paying an
accumulated water bill of $2,400, owner Mai Baker is unsure whether she can
remain in business.
"Normally, my water rates were $200 per month but sometimes
Baker. "Now, with $800 per month, I can't go on making a living. People
depend on me who do their own laundry."
Nome began metering water use by businesses several months ago.
meters went in, businesses paid a flat rate for water service each month. Bob
Madden, a Nome businessman who has agreed to help Baker pay her water bill,
noted that the water rates in Nome "are in line with similar-sized
communities in Alaska, although they may seem exorbitant." The bills seem
big, noted Madden, because previously the cost of water was subsidized by
revenues from the city's electric utility.
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