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Springfield sewer rate hike to take effect

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Customers of the city of Springfield's sewer service will see a bill increase starting July 1.

The planned hike increases an average residential customer's bill to $35.89 per month from $34.20, according to a news release. The city defines an average customer as someone who uses 4,488 gallons of water, based on January, February and March usage to avoid factoring in summer irrigation and other uses.

Springfield City Council approved a series of sewer rate hikes in January 2020, lasting through 2023.

The rate increases are designed to raise funding to address the city's aging sewer system and stay compliant with federal Clean Water Act regulations, according to the release.

The city contracts with City Utilities on billing, so the sewer rate increases will be reflected on residents' August CU bills.

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