Capital Region Water raising water, sewer bills in 2018
Water and sewer bills in Harrisburg and the surrounding area served by Capital Region Water are set to rise due to ongoing capital improvements to the utility's pipes and other infrastructure.
The Harrisburg entity overseeing drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems this week passed a 2018 budget that includes a 7.5 percent increase in water costs for all city and suburban customers.
Officials said long-overdue investments in the city's aging water and sewer infrastructure are driving the increases. The 2018 budget includes about $8.9 million in water system upgrades and about $33 million for sewer projects.
With the increase, water customers will pay $9.46 per 1,000 gallons of water.
Capital Region Water also intends to raise its ready-to-serve fee by 7.5 percent, a flat monthly fee that covers some of the fixed costs in the system. The fee will rise to $7.47 per month from $6.95 for the average customer with a 5/8-inch service line.
The average residential customer uses 4,500 gallons per month, and will pay $3.49 more for water, or about $50.04 per month. Statistics were not immediately available on average business customers.
Sewer rates in the capital city will go up 7.1 percent to $6.99 per 1,000 gallons. The average user will pay $31.46 per month, or $2.07 more per month.
For water and sewer combined, the average user's total bill in Harrisburg will rise $5.56 per month.
Sewer rates in 2018 will vary for suburban customers, depending on their location, officials said.
Capital Region Water serves customers in Harrisburg, Paxtang, Penbrook, Steelton and the townships of Lower Paxton, Susquehanna and Swatara.