Winston-Salem To Increase Water And Sewer Rates

5:36 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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Winston-Salem, NC -- Get ready to pay more for water and sewer utilities if you live in Winston-Salem.

That's because on Monday, the city of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission approved a 7% increase in water and sewer rates.

The new increase in rates will not begin until October 1, 2013.

The average monthly bill for a household in Winston-Salem using 4,500 gallons of water will be $36.48 or $1.20 a day. That's eight cents more a day than the $1.12 the average household currently pays, according to the City of Winston-Salem. 

Ron Hargrove, Utilities Director said the decision to increase the rates was not easy but is needed, "This rate increase is driven by our need to continue to invest in our water and sewer system and remain in compliance with existing and pending state regulations."

The utilities rate increase will help support the $83.8 million budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

Table reveals how rate increase will impact various customers according to City of Winston-Salem



Typical Fast Food


 High Water Usage

Cost per Month





 Industrial Customer

Current Cost






Proposed Cost






Net increase






This year's rate increase will also help support:

• Increasing the sewer capacity in the South Fork Basin, which includes almost 65,000 people in the Kernersville and southeast portions of Forsyth County.

• Building a sewer lift station on Harper Road to improve sewer service to customers in Clemmons and Lewisville.

• Replacing/repairing water and sewer pipes and manholes that are 70 and 80 years old.

• Relocating water and sewer pipes necessitated by state road projects.

• Replacing/repairing sewer mains that feed the Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant.

• Repairs at the Idols Dam on the Yadkin River, where Utilities operates a water intake for the Neilson and Thomas water plants. 


*Information provided by the city of Winston-Salem.


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