Atlanta's water/sewer rate will increase 12 percent on July 1, not welcome news to Buckhead residents upset over high water bills the last few years.
Department of Watershed Management representative Jack Hargett told NPU-C Tuesday night that the increase was the result of the "federally mandated consent decree" that required the city of Atlanta to upgrade its sewer system to stop sewage releases into the Chattahoochee River.
The rate increase was approved by the Atlanta City Council in 2008 as part of a four-year rate package, according to a flyer distributed at the NPU meeting. The city was required to spend $4 billion on the sewer system renovation, Hargett said.
He said the city also receives money for the sewer upgrade from a 1-cent municipal option sales tax on visitors to the city and businesspeople who are not Atlanta residents.
Here are the new rates per 100 cubic feet (CCF) of water used, according to the flyer. Hargett said that each cubic foot has 7.48 gallons of water.
Tier 1 (0-3 CCF): Water, $2.58; sewer, $9.74.
Tier 2 (4-6 CCF): Water, $5.34; sewer, $13.64.
Tier 3 (7 CCF and higher): Water, $6.16; sewer, $15.69.
A base charge of $13.12, $6.56 for water and sewer each, is charged regardless of usage.
The rate increase will mean that the average water/sewer bill (for a family of four using 6,000 gallons per month) will be $150.72, according to the department's Facebook page.
For more information, see the department's Web site, www.atlantawatershed.org.