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Toledo water rate increase affecting suburbs

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PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Toledo passed an increase in water rates for its customers, which includes customers in local suburbs.

Toledo city council approved an increase in rates earlier this year, which affects all jurisdictions that pull from Toledo water. There will be a 9 percent increase in the cost of water purchased from Toledo.

Residents in Perrysburg can expect a 7.5 increase in their water rates for the next four years as a result of the rate increase in Toledo. But Perrysburg will be raising sewer rates, as well. Residents will have a 3 percent annual increase for that.

All of the increases have to do with maintaining and repairing equipment.

"We have a lot of old pipes, we have a lot of old systems, collectively, not just Perrysburg," said Todd Grayson, chairman of the Health, Sanitation and Public Utilities Committee. "As a northwest Ohio community, we have a responsibility to one side to maintain our pipes, to maintain our storm water system, to make sure overflows don't go in our river, to make sure that our water is clean and fresh and healthy to drink, and the other side, we have a budget. And right now, those two are at odds."

Perrysburg residents can expect a combine 4.7 percent increase for their water and sewer rates.

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