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Baltimore Department of Public Works seeks raise in water/sewer rates

The Baltimore Department of Public Works on Wednesday told the Board of Estimates it needs to raise water and sewer rates for Baltimore City customers by 9 percent in order to meet numerous state and federal regulatory mandates, and to rehabilitate its aging infrastructure.

The board will hold a hearing on the proposed increase on June 27. If approved by the spending panel, the increase would take effect the next day, raising the annual water and sewer bill for a family of four an average $97, to about $1,170 a year.

The city’s last water and sewer rate hike, also for 9 percent, took place in May 2011. A DPW spokesman said other jurisdictions that use city water and sewer services set their own rates, but generally follow the city’s lead.