Water, sewer and stormwater rate increases take effect this month
Rates for LMU’s water, sewer and stormwater customers are set to increase today. The rate increases were approved earlier this year. Sewer rates will increase by 11.8 percent while water rates are set to increase 3.7%
The water and sewer rate increases will happen annually on June 1 through 2022. At the end of the five year period, customers will be paying a total of 18.65% more for water and 49.6% more for sewage. At minimum usage levels, those figures equate to a total increase of $2.94 cents per month for water and $5.97 per month for sewage by 2022.
Stormwater rates are set to increase this year and next. Residential customers had been paying $8.85 per month for stormwater. That will increase to $10.66 per month.
When the water and sewer rate increases were recommended in October, a consultant for LMU said the water department has seen a loss of revenue because of the closure of the electric generating plant, and that expenses for chemicals for the sewage department have increased considerably due to a federal mandate to remove phosphorus.
The sewer and stormwater rate increases will also include the costs of the multi-million dollar stormwater project on Melbourne Avenue set to begin later this year.