The Gardner city council approved rate changes for water and wastewater at its Oct. 15, 2012 meeting. For usage in January 2013, water rates will increase 8 percent and wastewater rates will increase 11 percent. These changes will be reflected on February 2013 statements.
The following is a summary of the rate changes by utility:
Water rates will be increasing 8 percent. The monthly service charge will increase from $10.70 to $11.55. The cost for the first 40,000 gallons of water will go from $4.80 per thousand gallons to $5.15 per thousand gallons. The average increase for a residential water customer is $3.05 per month.
Wastewater rates will increase 11 percent. The monthly service charge will increase from $10.70 to $11.90. The usage charge will go from $6.85 per thousand gallons to $7.60 per thousand gallons of water used. The average increase for a residential wastewater customer is $4.90 per month.
(Source: City of Gardner “Inside Gardner” newsletter)