The Williamsport Municipal Water Authority, citing infrastructure improvements and ongoing decline in metered water consumption, has announced an increase in water rates. The rate will increase by 20 cents, from $5.40 to $5.60 per thousand gallons consumed. The increase will add $10.40 annually to the average residential bill. “With a continued aggressive infrastructure improvement plan, and confronted with decreasing water consumption, the rate increase is necessary,” explained John Baker, the Authority’s Director of Finance. Current projects underway include main replacements at Four Mile Drive, which is near completion, South Williamsport, West Fourth Street, and Trenton Avenue. Along with a federal grant, the Authority is using a low interest, $9 million PENNVEST loan to help finance the projects. The Authority also refinanced existing bond debt, saving the ratepayers approximately $1 million. “As construction costs continue to increase and aging infrastructure demands attention, The Authority continues to work diligently at reducing debt service costs and keeping rate increases as moderate as possible, while also providing the necessary service to its customer base.” Baker said.
The Williamsport Sanitary Authority also released its rate schedule for 2017, citing small increases for most customers in its service area. The rate for wastewater service will increase for residents in the City of Williamsport by 40 cents, from $10.95 to $11.35 per thousand gallons treated. This increase will add $20.80 annually to the average residential bill. Woodward Township rates will remain unchanged for 2017 and Loyalsock rate districts will see a small adjustment as their rates will now be merged into one unified rate district, in accordance with an agreement signed by Loyalsock Township and the Authority three years ago. “Decreasing volume, increasing operating costs at the treatment facilities, and planned infrastructure improvements make the rate increase necessary,” explained Baker.
Click on each link below to see the full Schedule of Rates beginning January 1, 2017, for each Authority.