With council’s approval of the ordinance, the average residential customer’s bill will rise by a modest 12.72 percent starting on Jan. 15, 2020. The rate increase will finance a $38 million water system upgrade and include all water customers of the Lewisburg water system.

A second phase increase will go into place with the commencement of the debt service of the project, or when the project is completed, bringing the percent boost to 73 percent over all. Lewisburg is a regional water supplier serving over 12,000 water customers. This is the first water rate increase for the area since 2012.

In actual numbers, the current rate for the vast majority of residential customers is $8.71 per 1,000 gallons for the first 20,000 gallons of water used. The average residential water customer currently pays $34.84 for 4,000 gallons a month. The modest first phase of the rate increase will bring that same water usage cost to $47.56, an increase of one third.

Greg Belchure, a Chapman Technical Group engineer, outlined the scope of six separate projects that must be undertaken simultaneously for the upgrade. They include relocating the City’s water intake site two…

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