WARREN -- The average water bill for homeowners in three Trumbull County water districts will increase by about $1.50 a month starting Dec. 1.
Trumbull County commissioners approved a rate increase Wednesday for the three water districts that buy water from the city of Warren.
Rates will increase 7.1 percent in the Bazetta water district and 10.2 percent in the Champion and Warren water districts.
The rate increase is necessary because the city has raised its price, said Thomas Holloway, county sanitary engineer.
Increases: Warren increased the price of its water by 22.9 percent last year, and has told the county to expect another 21 percent increase in 2003, a 4 percent increase in 2004, and a 4.5 percent increase in 2005.
The increase is to pay for $12 million worth of improvements planned to bring the city's filtration plant up to EPA regulations, said Manuel Michelakis, the city's utility director.
The project is in the design stage.
Although the city increased rates in February, the county sanitary engineer's department was able to absorb the cost and delay passing the increase on to consumers until now, Holloway said.
The change will cost about $1.30 a month for the 217 customers in the Bazetta district and about $180 a month for the 2,554 Champion district customers and 104 Warren district customers, based on an average use of 5,000 gallons a month, Holloway said.
The county system provides water to 9,100 customers.