Escanaba City Council approves water rate increases for residents

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - The Escanaba City Council approved water rate increases for the city at Thursday night’s meeting.

According to the Escanaba City Manager, Patrick Jordan, the increase will be 45 percent for water and wastewater. The big push for this is from a new state law stemming from the Flint water crisis. The new state rules require the replacement of lead service lines from the water main to every meter inside of homes and businesses. The increase primarily will be used to better maintain the water system.

Jordan also stated that the average cost for a household will be around $22 per month.

It was also decided at the meeting that sewer costs are also set to increase 20 percent for upgrades at the wastewater plant and for repairs of sewers.

At Thursday’s meeting, the budget that was approved included the rate increases. The increases will take effect on July 1.

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