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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/17/2011

D.C. Water approves rate increase

By Washington Post Editors

D.C. residents will see their water bills continue to rise under a budget approved Thursday by the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority board of directors.

The increase in the average household's bill – equaling usage of about 5,000 gallons a month -- will be about $6.50 a month, according to a D.C. Water fact sheet. This is the second straight year that the utility has ordered a major rate hike; last year's increase raised the average bill more than $8. The new rates will go into effect Oct. 1.

D.C. Water General Manager George S. Hawkins said the rate increase is necessary to speed the replacement of pipes and other aging infrastructure.

"The work we do becomes more expensive every year," he said. "Water utilities across the country face the same issues -- immense environmental projects, aging infrastructure and rising operating costs. Without additional federal funding, our retail and wholesale customers pay most of the tab."

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 17, 2011; 11:27 AM ET
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