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Higher water, sewer, natural gas rates proposed for city, county customers | Local Government

According to the Charlottesville Department of Utilities, the average city customer using 400 cubic feet of water and wastewater per month, in a property with approximately 2,440 square feet of impervious surface and using 4,600 cubic feet of gas will see a total increase of $2.88 in their monthly water, sewer and gas bill.

“It’s really a two-year rate adjustment as opposed to just an annual one,” said Chris Cullinan, director of finance for the city. “That’s part of the reason why you see the numbers somewhat higher than they have been historically.”

The average customer will see a 7.76% increase in their water bill, or $2.15, and a 2.64% increase in their wastewater bill, or 98 cents. The stormwater rate will remain unchanged.

Cullinan said the rate increases are in response to the RWSA raising its wholesale rates. 

“[RWSA] held their rates constant and they were able to use some of their cash reserves to help make that happen, but obviously that’s not sustainable in the long run, so [RWSA] is also passing along two years’ worth of cost increases to us and ACSA, as well,” Cullinan said.

Five years ago, according to city data, the average residential water customer was using about 430 cubic feet per month and the average residential gas customer was using about 4,880 cubic feet. The average city customer in fiscal year 2017 who received water, wastewater and natural gas service through the city was projected to have a bill of $111.36 per month.

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2021-06-03 18:00:00

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