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Monroeville sewage, water rate increases on tap

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Sewer and water rates for Monroeville residents will increase next year.

The monthly sewer bill for an average user — 5,000 gallons of water per month — will increase by $8.20, and the monthly bill for a minimum user — 2,000 gallons of water a month — will increase by $3.28.

The increased cost to residents is the result of a rate increase forced on the municipal authority by the Alcosan, according to the Monroeville Municipal Authority manager John Capor.

Alcosan will increase sewer treatment rates for municipal providers by 17 percent next year because of a federal mandate that will cost Alcosan an estimated $2.8 billion over the next 20 years to reduce raw sewage flowing into rivers.

Alcosan officials also announced they will increase their sewer rates by 11 percent per year in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Those increases will cost the Monroeville Municipal Authority an estimated $500,000 per year, Capor said.

The authority wants to maintain the water and sewer systems to the highest standards for residents “at the lowest possible cost,” he said.

Water rates for Monroeville residents will increase in 2014 because of an increase in costs within the municipal authority that include “wages, insurance, health care, utilities and operating costs,” Capor said.

An average water customer — 5,000 gallons per month — will see an increase of 75 cents per month, while a minimum customer — 2,000 gallons per month — will pay an additional 30 cents.

The sewer and water rate increases are the second since 2012 for Monroeville residents.

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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