The next phase in a series of sewer
rate increases in
The City of
The agreement puts in place state and federal mandated improvements to the city's wastewater collection and treatment systems. The $50 million, seven-year plan removes rain water from sewers. It's a negotiation that's taken four years.
Under the plan approved by Springfield City Council, the average utility bill for sewer rates will rise about $5.50 a month -- from about $20 a month to $25 a month.
Sewer charges are based on water consumption during January, February and March of each year.
An average residential household
will use of 6.0
Burns and McDonnell, an outside consulting firm, performed a comprehensive financial analysis of the entire sewer system with the goal of identifying so-called "fair and equitable" rate increases that will fund the sewer system until 2017.
Among other things, crews are relining old clay pipes in older neighborhoods.
"We also will be repairing manholes, sealing those up," says Steve Meyer, Director of Environmental Services. "Looking at some plumbing in some buildings and houses, looking for sump pumps and those places where storm water shouldn't being going into the sanitary sewer."
City Council Greenlights Agreement to Upgrade Sewer System