Residents will see sewer, water rate hikes in 2021

Residents will see sewer, water rate hikes in 2021

by Craig Lovelace

CIRCLEVILLE – Beginning next year, you might want to consider how often to flush, water the lawn or wash the car.

    That’s because Circleville City Council on Tuesday raised water and sewer rates that will rise annually for residents and businesses from 2021 through 2025. The typical family could see an increase next year of roughly $10 to $45 per month for their water and sewer service combined, according to City Service Director Terry Frazier. Subsequent increases will be smaller.

    This is the city’s first increase in rates since 2015 and is meant to make improvements to the two water towers and the city wastewater treatment plant in the 700 block of West Main Street. Frazier told council that initial improvements will go toward the treatment facility and is expected to cost $18 million. The engineering and design for a new headworks – where the level of domestic and industrial pollutants is decreased, and the effluent discharged into a waterway – is underway with the expectation of putting the job out for bid and award in about a year.

The city also has applied for a $28 million loan from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Pollution Control Loan Fund to help with costs.

    The percentage increases people will see starting next year and through 2025 look like this:

• Water rates – 2021, 35 percent; 2022, 3 percent; 2023, 3 percent; 2024, 3 percent; and 2025, 3 percent.

• Sewer rates – 2021, 30 percent; 2022, 27.5 percent; 2023, 25 percent; 2024, 3 percent; and 2025 3 percent

(This story has been updated and edited for clarity. – The Pickaway Press.)

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