MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Mount Pleasant Waterworks Commission announced Tuesday they approved a 7.5% rate increase in water and wastewater fees, effective July 1.
Commission spokesperson Dionna Ebeling attributed the price hike to rising costs to renew overall infrastructure, change in demand projections, and overall cost of adhering to stringent federal regulations.
Additionally, the commissioners approved ending the $3 per month / per Residential Equivalent Unit Highway 17 Special Assessment.
The special assessment was implemented in fiscal year 2011 to help recover part of the cost of relocating utility lines along Highway 17 and Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.
According to Ebeling, the typical residential customer who utilizes 5,000 gallons of water per month will see a $4.07 increase in their bill. With the removal of the $3 Highway 17 Special Assessment the net increase felt by customers will be $1.07.
With this increase Mount Pleasant Waterworks still has the lowest rates in Charleston County, Ebeling added.