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Anniston Water Works Announces New 5-Year Rate Plan Increase Beginning April

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March 07, 2017
Water and sewer rates to customers of the Anniston Water Works and Sewer Board System will increase on bills received after April 1, 2017.  This will be the first of five increases starting now through April, 2021.  The increases were approved at its February meeting by Anniston’s Board of Directors following a rate study completed earlier this year.
In year one, water rates will rise, on average .7% for residential customers using a monthly minimum of 3 hundred cubic feet (CCF) or about 2,200 gallons.  Sewer rates will increase, on average, 2.3% for residential customers using the same amount of water (300 CCF).  In year 2 through year 5, rates will rise on average 1.24% for water users and 2.84% for residential sewer users.  An average residential customer, one that uses 7 CCF or about 5,200 gallons a month, a combined water and sewer bill will increase, on average, 3.4% or from $44.01 to $45.51 per month on bills received after April 1.
For larger commercial and industrial customers rates will rise on average 1.46 % for water and 11.74 % for sewer over the next five years.
These increases follow the systems’ last increase in April, 2015 and will allow for continued improvement and rehabilitation work which was started with revenue received from the 2015 increase.
“Work to repair and rehabilitate the sewer collector system which started in 2015, will continue now through the next 20-30years” said Ed Turner, General Manager of Anniston Water Works.  “This is a continuation of the rehabilitation plan announced and started in 2015.  The work is designed to meet mandated regulatory requirements and wastewater plant treatment processes leading to lower permit limits.  It is likely that there may be even more work required after this period.” Turner said.  “Although it is never pleasant to raise rates, we feel like this plan protects those most vulnerable among our customer base”.
Work on the rate plan study started in 2016 and was compiled by CH2M Consultants.  Pressure to raise rates for Anniston Water Works has increased in recent years with the loss, particularly on the sewer side, of total customers from around 9,600 in 1995 to about 7,600 in 2016.  Water customers have also declined but not as dramatically in the last few years, from over 20,000 to 19,200.
For more information or comments contact Edward A. Turner, General Manager, or Rodney L. Owens, Assistant General Manager, at 256-241-5010. 
Ed Turner, General Manager, (256) 241-5005

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