Albemarle County Service Authority residential customers after July 1 will pay an average of $1.47 more on their monthly water and sewer service bill.
At its meeting Thursday, the authority’s board of directors voted to increase rates for the fourth-straight year. Gary O’Connell, executive director of the authority, said the average bill will remain cheaper than the statewide average and will cost 22 percent less than a comparable bill for the same services from the city of Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville City Council earlier this month approved new rates for its water, sewer and natural gas services. The average residential city customer who uses about 425 cubic feet of water per month will continue to pay $27 per month for water. The cost of sewer service will increase by about 10 cents to $35.58 per month.
In May, the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority increased the wholesale rates it charges the ACSA and the city for water and water treatment services. The rate for the ACSA went from $1.83 per 1,000 gallons to $1.97 and the rate for the city went from $1.95 per 1,000 gallons.
Earlier this month, the ACSA said rates are increasing to cover the cost of capital projects, debt service and maintenance. One of the recent capital projects is a granular-activated carbon water treatment system that will improve the quality of the water the authority provides by removing disinfectant byproduct from treated water.
In addition to a slight increase in the sewer rate, the city earlier this month increased its rates for natural gas service. Noting that the average residential gas customer this year used about 250 less cubic feet of natural gas, city officials estimate that the average residential customer will pay $1.38 more per month for 4,611 cubic feet. The monthly bill for the average city utility customer who receives natural gas, water and sewer service will increase by a total of $1.47.
The city gas utility serves customers in Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County.