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Sewer rate hike coming next month

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A planned sewer rate increase on the city of Springfield’s service is set to begin July 1.

The increase is part of an effort approved by City Council in 2016 to continue improving Springfield’s aging sewer system and to remain compliant with the federal Clean Water Act regulations, according to a news release.

The rate increase will begin appearing on customers’ City Utilities bills in August because of a contract deal between the city and CU.

The average residential customer now typically receives a bill for $32.36 per month for using 600 cubic feet, or 4,488 gallons, of water. Once the rate increase takes effect, the same customer’s average bill will be $34.20, a roughly 6% increase, according to the release.

This marks the third rate increase since council approves a series of hikes in November 2016. The rate structure, which will continue through 2020, follows recommendations made by a community stakeholder group that was tasked with considering changes to the city’s wastewater system.

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