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Rate hikes proposed to replace Rockdale’s aging water and sewer system

Water and sewer utility rates would go up 6 percent per year over a five-year period under a proposal Rockdale County officials are considering. The rate hike would amount to about $3 per month on an average water bill for residential customers, county officials said.

Rockdale Water Resources is working with a consulting firm to study water and sewer rates to support replacement of the county’s aging infrastructure.

The $57.4 million Capital Improvement Program includes $18 million for a new 3 MGD Wastewater Plant. The 3 MGD wastewater plant to increase the county’s existing sewer capacity for growing business opportunities.

The funds also would pay for the latest technology—touch read meters and radio read meters (smart meters). The smart meters will promote efficient and quick turnaround, reducing the need for onsite meter readings.

“Adoption of the new suggested rate structure will enable RWR to move forward on many of the vital projects needed to sustain the utility and to provide our customers with the best possible customer service,” RWR Director Dwight Wicks said.

Town hall meetings will be scheduled over the next several weeks to present the information to citizens.

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