By Mina Williams Enterprise editor
EDMONDS — Factoring in needed water main improvements, Edmonds residents may be facing an 8.5 percent boost in water rates. City Council will hold a public hearing July 6 on the topic.
Additional funds are required to continue replacing water mains, providing ongoing operations and funding new projects. Water main replacements account for 87 percent of the city’s $20.1 million capital improvement program for 2010 through 2016.
The city also anticipates Alderwood Water District’s rate increases coming on the heels of improvements made to the regional water treatment facility. Edmonds’ water supply comes from the water district.
The rate hike would be effective 2010 through 2012, effective the last five months of this year.
Raising storm water rates will also be up for a public hearing July 6.
Those rates are destined to increase as the city’s comprehensive plan is updated to keep pace with increasing regulatory mandates for improving water with revised state, federal and local requirements.
One scenario would adjust rates by 8 percent, an alternate would lift rates 7 percent.