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Water rates to increase in New Castle

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By Brad Bowman

New  Castle residents will notice a rise not just in the temperature in July, but in their water and sewer bills beginning July 15.
The New Castle City Commission approved the second reading of the rate increase June 3. The new minimum water bill will increase from $23.72 to $26.08 per 2,000 gallons or less a month. The new water rate will apply in increments of 100 gallons or less after the minimum rate.
New Castle residents’ sewer service charge will be $10.88 per month with a sewage treatment fee raise from $5.42 to $5.64 per month per 1,000 gallons of discharged water into the wastewater treatment system.
Rates increased 1.5 percent on July 15, 2011, and increased 3 percent similarly on July 15, 2012. The new 4 percent rate increase will begin July accordingly.