NITRO, W.Va. -- Sewer rates in Nitro will soon increase after the City Council approved a new ordinance at a meeting Tuesday night.
The ordinance calls for two increases, the first of which is for 11.5 percent and will take effect Feb. 1, 2013.
The second increase will take effect a year later and be for 7 percent.
For a customer who uses 4,000 gallons a month, bills will go up $3.91 and then $2.66, respectively.
The ordinance also establishes a $70 security deposit for new customers.
The additional revenue from the rate increases will cover an $8.35 million system upgrade, including adding service to 91 new customers, replacing pipes around Nitro High School and replacing Pump Station 6.
Council members also heard from Police Chief Brian Oxley, who offered a proposal to restructure the rank system of the department.