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Winchester Council Considers Water and Sewer Utility Rate Increases

11 August 2017 News


Winchester operates the oldest water distribution system in Virginia (third oldest in U.S.). Approximately 60% (75 miles) of the city’s water distribution and sewer collection system ​is very old, in poor condition which leads to leaks, and needs to be replaced.

Since 2008, approximately eight miles of water mains have been replaced. In order to implement a robust infrastructure replacement program ($48.7M) to maintain the reliability of the city’s water system, a rate increase is being considered by Winchester City Council.

At the August 8, 2017 work session, council reviewed the Utility Rate Study as presented at the 2016 Council Retreat and decided to forward the proposed ordinance to the August 22 regular meeting for first reading. Council is expected to vote on the proposed ordinance at the September 12 meeting following a public hearing.

Water and sewer rates have not been raised since 2013.


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