DPU customers could see rate hike

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By The Staff

Department of Public Utilities customers could see an increase in their sewer rates soon.

During its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, the Board of Public Utilities will consider the DPU’s proposed increases to local sewer rates for both, individually and non-individually metered customers. The proposed increases are $.045, $0.70 and $1.10.

The proposed variable rate increase for all classes of customers is $0.45, while the proposed fixed charge increase of $0.70 would apply to residential customers that are non-individually metered; this increase would be charged per dwelling. In addition, the proposed fixed charge increase of $1.10 would be charged on a monthly basis to commercial and residential customers that are individually metered.

The existing two-part rate structure includes a fixed charge and a variable rate; a set rate applied to variable water usage. The fixed charge covers a customer connection to the DPU sewer system so that wastewater is effectively transported away from the customer site to be treated safely at local wastewater treatment facilities.

The variable rate reflects a customer’s magnitude of use, according to the DPU’s website.

These increases would change the fixed rate for individually metered customers to $13.10 per month, from $12 per month.

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