CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro residents should not be surprised when their sewer bills go up in the coming weeks.
Members of Nitro City Council voted last month for a two-step sewer rate increase.
About 4,100 sewer customers in and around Nitro will see their bills go up by 11.5 percent beginning Friday. Nitro Mayor Dave Casebolt said the rate increase is due primarily to a law requiring the city to increase its bond coverage.
The rate increase will bring the average sewer bill, based on 4,000 gallons of water usage a month, to $37.83 a month. That's an increase of $3.91 per month.
Casebolt said an additional 7 percent rate increase will go into effect Feb. 1, 2014. That rate increase is to pay for $8.35 million in repairs and upgrades to the Nitro sewer system.
A good chunk of the money will go to replace a 42-inch main sewer line from 11th Street West to the sewer pump station near the Nitro High School football field.
"It's a hundred-year-old line," Casebolt said. "They actually laid that line in brick."