Avon residents will see increases in their water and sewer bills effective Aug. 1 following action on two pieces of legislation by city council. Both actions passed 7-0 on July 13. Finance Director Bill Logan said the increases mean an average Avon household will pay nearly $40 a year more.

Water will increase from $5 to $5.20 per gallon for up to 25,000 gallons and 17 cents from $4.22 to $4.39 per gallon for any over 25,000 gallons.

Base sewer charges will remain $1.99 with the sewer use rate increasing 22 cents from $7.38 to $7.60 per 1,000 gallons.

Water is provided by Avon Lake Regional Water and sanitary sewer service is provided by either Avon Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant or French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, depending upon where a property’s location.

According to the legislation, the increases were necessary because the entities providing water and sanitary sewer services increased rates charged to the city and the city needed to pass those increases along to Avon customers. Avon Lake Regional Water increased water rates by 3.15% effective July 1. Avon Lake increased its sanitary sewer rate 15% as of July 1 and North Ridgeville, operator of French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, increased its rates by 4% on Jan. 1.

The average Avon household uses 8,000 gallons of both water and sanitary sewer service a month, Logan said, based on Ohio Environmental Protection Agency data.

Contact freelance writer Michele Murphy at avonlakemurphy@gmail.com.

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