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Sewer rates for Springfield will be going up in the next few weeks. Stephen Meyer, director of the city’s department of environmental services, says Springfield is raising rates to meet regulatory requirements for the wastewater system and to protect water quality.
“About a year and a half ago, the regulatory agencies, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, issued a consent decree which we had to comply with. It basically said we had to spend about $50 million to upgrade our sewers. We developed a citizens’ task force to figure out how to raise that kind of money. The answer was that we raise rates slowly and overtime, so we did just that,” Meyer said.
This change is part of tier rate increases that City Council passed in 2011. Compared to the region, Springfield’s rates will stay competitive, Meyer says.
“The rates in our immediate area, like Willard and Strafford and Battlefield, those rates are in the range of about $45. Our rates are $25. So I can say for a fact that we are lower than cities around us,” Meyer explained.
What you pay depends on how much water your household consumes during the first three months of the year. The city reports that a typical household uses 4,488 gallons per month. While water usage is included on the bill, CU also includes a customer charge of $16.55.
If you have questions about your CU bill, call 417-864-1924.
For KSMU News, I’m Kaitlyn Schwers.