Water rates going up, but not as much as predicted

December 16, 2013

By Administrator

New: Dec. 16, 1:35 p.m.

Most of Sammamish will see an increase in water and sewer bills next year.

The board of the Sammamish Plateau Water & Sewer District unanimously approved the increases Dec. 9.

Residential customers will see a 4 percent hike in water rates and a 6 percent increase in sewer charges.

For a homeowner using about 5,200 gallons per month, the water bill will go from $35.17 per month to $36.55, a $1.38 increase.

For sewer, the increase will be $1.75 per month to $30.95.

The increases are lower than what a district study had predicted in 2011. Back then, the study estimated the district would need a 6 percent increase for water and a 17-25 percent raise on sewer.

District General Manager Jay Krauss attributes the smaller than expected increase to monitoring, planning and revising fee structures, in addition to adjusting capital planning and refinancing debt at a lower interest rate.

For details on the increase, including the district budget, visit http://www.sammplat.wa.org/finance.asp.

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