Water and sewer bills for Norwalk are going up for residents who use more than 1,000 gallons of water a month.
Water rates for users within city limits will rise from $5.50 to $5.70 for each thousand gallons. Sewer rates will increase from $5.10 to $5.60 for each thousand gallons. The increases will show up on the bills for January use, which residents will receive in February.
"We are very conscious of cost of water for our residents and work hard to keep it low," Mayor Sue Lesch said. "The EPA-mandated improvements to the wastewater treatment plants are responsible for a majority of the increase. These rates are very close to what we projected, both at budget time and in our capital improvement planning."
Lesch added that the rate increases were slightly smaller than originally expected.
The rate for using up to 1,000 gallons will not change.
People who use city water, but live outside city limits also will see rate increases. Water rates will increase from $11 to $11.40 per thousand gallons and sewer rates will increase from $7.14 to $7.84 per thousand gallons.
Water and sewer rates are determined annually by a review of increases and decreases in the budget for the water and sewer facilities as well as average consumption over a three-year period.