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Water bills increasing in 2013

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Water-and-sewer rates in Winnipeg are going up again for 2013, partly because of the city’s $1.8-billion wastewater upgrade.

The average residential home in Winnipeg will spend $939.32 on water-and-sewer charges in 2013, an increase of $38.32 – or 4.3 per cent – from this year, Winnipeg’s water-and-waste department predicts in a new report to council’s public works committee.

The increase is made to cover regular maintenance costs as well as the cost of upgrading sewage-treatment plants and replacing combined sewers with separated sewers. The wastewater upgrades were ordered by the province in 2003 and will take two more decades to complete.

The increased rates require committee and council approval. The department also plans to levy increased charges to industrial clients who produce effluent with large phosphorus and nitrogen loads.

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Updated on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM CST: corrects information in second paragraph on water and sewer charges

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