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Increase in city water, sewer rates OK’d

The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday approved a 9 percent increase in water and sewer rates for Baltimore City customers.

Department of Public Works officials said the increase is needed to meet numerous unfunded state and federal regulatory mandates, to rehabilitate the city’s aging infrastructure, for preventative inspections of sewer and water lines, and to replace present metering and billing systems.

The increase will take effect Thursday and raise an average four-person family’s annual water and sewer bill by approximately $97, to about $1,170 a year. Earlier, a DPW spokesman told The Daily Record that other jurisdictions that use city water and sewer services set their own rates but generally follow the city’s lead.