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Toledo water, sewer rates to increase over 6 years

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Water and sanitary sewer rates are going up in Toledo. City officials say it's necessary to complete the city's Waterways Initiative Program, an ongoing project to reduce water pollution in Toledo.

The initiative kicked off in 2002, required by a court order because of Clean Water Act violations by the city.

The 18-year, $521 million program involves 47 projects. Two-thirds of them are finished. The rate increase will fund the final third.

"It will clean up area waterways. It's a pollution control program, reducing the amount of untreated sewage that goes into the Toledo area waterways," said Julie Cousino of the initiative.

The rate increase will be spread out over a six-year period. Toledo residents will pay an additional 7.1 percent for the first five years, and 7.9 percent the final year.

City officials say that works out to a $13 annual sewer bill hike for the typical homeowner.

"So it improves our waterways and improves the quality of life for the people who use our waterways," said Toledo Public Utilities Director Ed Moore.

The increase must now be approved by the Toledo City Council. The initiative will be finished in 2020. 

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