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Friday, February 22, 2019

Brockton Water Rates On The Rise

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

It’s going to cost a little more to shower, run the dishwasher or do laundry.

Utility rates are on the rise in Brockton, and it will impact all those on the municipal water system.

It’s going to cost a little more to shower, run the dishwasher, do laundry or fill the hot tub in Brockton.

Brockton Council has just approved a 3 % water and wastewater rate increase.

Mayor Chris Peabody says the increase is part of a Five Year Water and Wastewater System Financial Plan that stretches to 2021.

Provincial legislation mandates that all improvements to water and sewer systems must be paid for by the users.

This involves ensuring current water rates include a little extra to set aside for future capital costs.

Brockton’s proposed 2019 budget includes a number of water and waste water related projects.

One of the future projects Brockton will take on will involve moving from a chlorine to an ultra violet waste water treatment system.

It’s part of a Federal Waste Water System regulation through the Fisheries Act aimed at reducing the amount of chlorine that is discharged into the rivers by 2021.

Peabody calls the 3% water and sewer rate increase manageable, noting that Brockton once had a five year run of a 6 % increase each year.

The new rate will take effect on March 1st.

 

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