Cost Of Water Going Up In Amherstburg
Water bills are rising in Amherstburg.
A budget report at town council this week indicated the cost of water will go up 2% and the cost of waste water will go up 1% beginning August 1.
Director of Corporate Services Justin Rousseau says it's a small increase, but it's part of a bigger plan.
While most people don't like to see prices go up, he says the increase won't be a huge burden on taxpayers.
"Our annual average billing for most folks is around $450 a year, this increase will make it go up to $456. On the waste water end $772 a year, this will go up to $775," says Rousseau. "We're talking about a $9 increase per household."
The increase is part of planning for the future to avoid financing major projects says Rousseau.
"Steps we're taking to ensure that we have a sustainable financial plan."
He says the biggest project in the next five to ten years is going to be replacing the Amherstburg Water Treatment Plant which will cost about $30-million.
The report also indicated water distribution equipment upgrades are projected to cost more than $450,000 and water distribution system upgrades and replacement could cost around $6.3-million from 2017 to 2026.