Beginning in August, St. Charles Parish residents will notice an average increase of approximately $3.08 per month in wastewater fees charged on their monthly water bills.
The change comes as the parish administration looks to increase available funding for the Wastewater Department's plants and infrastructure in the area of capital projects and improvements. The 57-cent increase per 1,000 gallons of water usage represents an initial effort to move the department toward financial self-sufficiency.
Previous wastewater rates were $4.67 per 1,000 gallons for customers. The 57-cent increase brings rates to $5.24 per 1,000 gallons. While residents will not see a billed rate change until August, the actual increased rate will go into effect July 1.
An individual customer's rate increase will depend on actual water usage.
Current plans call for wastewater rates to increase by an additional 57 cents per 1,000 gallons in 2013 and 2014 respectively in order to create a residual fund balance of 15 percent to be used for capital projects. Parish leaders are continuing to look for methods to further ensure funding for Wastewater.
In 2012, the rate increase is expected to generate additional revenue in the amount of $415,196.