According to a recent press release by the Winston-Salem Utility Commission, an increase in water and sewer rates, utility service base charges and disposal rates at yard waste facilities have been approved.
The increase will be effective as of October 1.
Water rates will be increased by 4.5 percent and sewer rates will be increased by 6.7 percent. The monthly base charges for water and sewer service will increase by $1.24.
The average household in Winston-Salem uses 4,500 gallons of water per month, which equals a bill of roughly $36.48. The increase in water and sewer rates will equal a monthly bill of about $39.44-a $2.96 increase per household.
Even with the increase, residents in Winston-Salem will still be paying less for their water and sewer bill than residents of other larger cities.
The average rate for a household in Greensboro that uses 4,500 gallons of water per month is currently $56.90. The average in Durham is $51.44, and the average in Charlotte is $49.66.
According to Winston-Salem Utilities Director, Ron Hargrove, the increase is necessary to cover the cost of improvements in maintaining the utilities system.
“This rate increase is driven by our need to generate sufficient revenues to fund all operating expenses and debt service coverage. Increasing rates to our customers is never an easy decision; yet, it is a decision that is required to provide a long-term, safe, reliable and environmentally sound water and sewer system,” Hargrove said via press release.