The Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority officials announced a rate increase today, saying additional revenue is needed to fund a range of capital improvements.
The authority currently charges each household $160 per year.
The increase will gradually increase the annual payment to $220 in 2017.
Customers will pay $184 annually next year, $196 in 2015 and $208 in 2016.
An initial rate hike of $6 — $3 per quarter — will take effect in the second half of this year. However, customers can avoid this year’s hike if they pay the full 2013 payment at the old rate, instead of making quarterly payments.
Rate increases for industrial and commercial properties will vary based on usage.
The authority treats wastewater from 36 municipalities.
The increase is projected to generate $17.4 million for capital improvements, including $4.9 million in incinerator improvements and $3.7 million in treatment plant repairs and upgrades.
The authority has not increased rates for six years.