The Sacramento City Council voted to approve a water and sewer rate increase at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Water rates will increase 10 percent per year for four years. That’s about a $5.30 increase for the average customer each year for four years.
Wastewater rates will increase 9 percent per year for four years.
The first 10 percent rate increase will begin July 1.
With much of the city’s water infrastructure far past its intended life expectancy, many of the pipelines and facilities need to be improved or replaced.
Some of the money raised from the rate increase will be used to install water meters on houses in Sacramento.
Just over half the homes in the city have meters. The extra money will meter the entire city four years ahead of the 2024 deadline mandated by the state.