Shrewsbury Water, Sewer Connection Rates May Increase

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Shrewsbury is considering increases to its water and sewer connection rates. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck (file)

SHREWSBURY, Mass. – If you live in Shrewsbury, your connection rates to the town's water and sewer lines may go up in 2013. Selectmen on Tuesday agreed to let the Town Manager move forward with plans to adjust water and sewer connection rates.

Town Manager Dan Morgado proposed water connection fees be set at $4,000, plus $1,000 for every 1,000 gallons used per day. The town would charge an additional $1 per gallon conservation fee.

The current connection fee structure is $9.09 per gallon, with a $1 per gallon conservation fee.

The proposed sewer connection fee is $100.

Morgado said the increases would likely take effect in January 2013.

Previously, the town charged households a $4,000 fee for each connection to the water system and $1,320 per bedroom for all sewer connections.

Since 2003, a $1,000 water conservation fee was applied to all new residential connections as a method to reduce water consumption and help the town comply with state water regulations. Meanwhile, selectmen had prohibited new connections to the water system for in-ground garden irrigation systems.

This is the second water-related increase selectmen approved this year. In September, the board approved an increase that saw median residential water bill rise from $14 to $16 a year, as well as increases to commercial and municipal rates.

Those increases went into effect Nov. 1.

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