HAGERSTOWN -- The average residential water and sewer customer would pay about $10 more per quarter next fiscal year under rate increases recommended Tuesday by Washington County's Department of Water Quality.
The department needs to raise its revenue 4 percent each year for the next 10 years to afford state-mandated treatment upgrades, and make the water and sewer fund more self-sufficient, Environmental Management Director Julie Pippel said.
The Washington County commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to proceed to a public hearing on the proposed increases. Commissioners President John F. Barr was absent for the vote.
Under the proposed changes, a water and sewer customer who uses 12,000 gallons of water per quarter, the county's average amount, would pay $132.50 per quarter for water and $121.20 per quarter for sewer, for a total of $253.70 per quarter. Under the current rates, that same usage costs $127.30 for water and $115.40 for sewer, or a total of $242.70 per quarter.