Plainville sewer rate to increase for third consecutive year

Plainville sewer rate to increase for third consecutive year


PLAINVILLE — Residents will see an increase in their sewer bills beginning next month as part of a state mandate to fund the removal of phosphorus from the town’s water treatment plant.

The minimum increase will be about $18 a year.

The Town Council agreed to the 4.8 percent increase for the third year during a recent meeting, Town Manager Robert Lee said the gradual increases began in 2015 due to a sewer rate study.

He said the increases will help with expenses five to eight years out, including the impact of the phosphorus removal project.

The Plainville treatment plant must be upgraded to reduce the discharge of phosphorus into the Pequabuck River. In discussions with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Lee said the town will receive a 44 percent reimbursement.

The total town cost will be $9.2 million.

The town plans to fund its share through a state loan with a two percent interest rate. A referendum on the project is being considered for early next year.

The sewer fee increase will go into effect starting Nov. 1., and will last until October of next year.
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