East Providence Budget Commission formally adopted waste water increases during an April 26 meeting, according to a report from East Bay Newspapers.
Starting in November, the water consumption portion of the sewer charge will be at a rate of $7.78 per 100 cubic feet of water, reads the proposed ordinance. That rate will increase over ten percent for the next three years.
Through fiscal year 2015, the annual fixed charge will be $60 per meter 5/8 inch in size, typical of most residential households. Facilities with one-inch pipes, like large restaurants, pay $150 in annual fees.
The increase in water rates is managed by United Water. The city has a contractual obligation to complete the project or face legal liabilities.
The increase, along with a $3 million bridge loan, will allow the project to remain on track.
In a public hearing meeting held weeks ago, resident Jack Fahey asked whether the rate structure accounted for the cost it takes to process waste water from industrial facilities. After a discussion, it's anticipated a study will be conducted to assess rates that differentiate between residential, commercial and industrial properties. This stipulation will be included in the ordinance. City council members would then have the option to change the rate structure depending on results.
Click here to read the budget commission's public presentation regarding the background and studies regarding the waste water increase.