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You'll soon pay more for water if you live in Erie County

Posted: 10:47 AM, Nov 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 19:15:07Z
You'll pay more for water if you live in Erie Co
You'll pay more for water if you live in Erie Co

The Erie County Water Authority approved its 2019 budget, which includes a rate hike for water rates.

The cost will increase six centers per 1,000 gallons. This amounts to about $1.20 per quarter, or $4.80 per year for the average residential customer using 80,000 gallons a year. These rates go into effect January 1, 2019.

EWCA Chairman Jerome Schad says this is a "fiscally responsible budget with a most rate increase." The increase meets inflation costs but also goes into funding for infrastructure repairs.

The 2019 budget includes $41.3 million for infrastructure upgrades, including the following:

  • $25.5 million for water distribution and transmission mains
  • $5 million for a new electrical substation at the Ball Pump STation
  • $2.6 million for technical system upgrades
  • $2.5 million for new remote radio read water meters
  • $2 million for upgrades at Sturgeon Point and Van De Water Treatment Plants
  • $500,000 for security enhancements

These measures are part of an overall five-year plan that would cost $181 million.

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