Aquatera rate increase OK’d by city council

Effective March 1, Aquatera customers will see a rate increase as city council approved changes to the bylaw Monday evening.

The rate increases, which averages approximately $6.47 per month for a family of four in 2013 and an increase of $6.76 in 2014, were approved 7-2 during the meeting.

Decreased water revenue, increased operational costs and the capital investment of $48 million for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plan – $10 million less than expected due to a Government of Canada infrastructure grant – have been blamed for the increase in rates.

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