By Kevin Edwards
BC Staff Writer
Users of Cleveland water will see a 15 percent increase in water and sewer rates effective Jan. 1.
City Clerk Dominique Green said the rate increase is tied to increasing costs to maintain Cleveland’s water and sewage infrastructure and operations.
Inside city limits, the rates for water will be $2.94 per 1,000 gallons.
Outside city limits, the rate will be $5.88 per 1,000 gallons.
For sewage usage, inside city limits the rates will be $3.65 per 1,000 gallons.
Outside city limits, sewage usage will be $7.30 per 1,000 gallons.
Water services, by ordinance, are doubled for consumers living outside the corporate limits of Cleveland.
At last weeks Cleveland Board of Aldermen meeting some residents questioned higher city utility bills, though the increase had not yet taken place.
Mayor Billy Nowell said people might be getting higher bills due to more scrutinized meter readings.
“Most people have been getting the minimum bill each month,” Nowell said. “Now that we have people going out reading each one of them, it’s working a lot better.”
“It’s just a combination of things and we’re working with people, because some (bills) have been so excessive they obviously were not right. We have worked on a case-by-case basis trying to make it as good as we can from everyone.”
Nowell asked residents to remain patient, as there is always a curve when adjustments are made.
A leak adjustment policy is available for customers who have an increase in usage due to a leak.
The customer’s usage must be above 100 percent normal usage and only one leak adjustment can be made in a 12-month period as determined by ordinance.
The last increase to city water and sewer was in 2015.