MOUNT VERNON — Centerburg residents received their latest water and sewer bills and saw the results of the most recent increase. Sanitary sewer service rates increased in July, based on village ordinances, and both water and sewer rates have increased periodically.
The separate ordinances state that the changes are “necessary to account for the costs, expenses and maintenance of providing said services to village residents.” They also reflect the cost of complying with Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
“The water, and more importantly the wastewater rates,” said Centerburg village administrator Phil Lohmeyer, “were increased because the EPA determined that the rates were too low and did not meet their ratios.”
In addition to the sewer rate increase, September bills are also often higher as a result of summer activities. Outdoor gardening, car washing, or children playing in sprinklers can elevate average residential usage.
The latest sewer rate, effective in July, is a minimum charge of $20 for 2,000 gallons or less and $9.40 per 1,000 gallons for gallons over 2,000. That was an increase from $16 for 2,000 gallons or less that had been in place since September 2011.
The current water rate, which has been in effect since May 2011, is a minimum charge of $13 for consumption of 2,000 or less and $4.10 per 1,000 gallons greater than 2,000 gallons.
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