Rocky Hill Water Rate to Increase by 50 Percent for Most in Town
By Jonathan S. Lee l June 21, 2021
Borough water rates will increase an average of 50 percent, effective August 1. The rate will increase from $4.25 per 1,000 gallons to $6.50 per 1,000 gallons.
Home and business owners who use above 12,001 gallons per quarter will see a rate of $8.50 per 1,000 gallons of usage for 12,001 gallons upward. For reference, an average in-ground swimming pool in Rocky Hill holds 24,000 gallons of water. (18 ft x 36 ft, 5-foot deep.)
Water users also will pay an extra $200 service charge each year, ($50 per quarter for water plus $50 per year for sewer). At the same time, the sewer rate will increase by 15 percent, with a greater rate for those who use above 12,001 gallons of water.
The sewer rate of $13.75 per 1,000 gallons will increase to $15.75 per 1,000 gallons and to $19.25 per 1,000 gallons of metered water used for 12,001 gallons and above.
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Pool owners may request a deduction from their sewer bill by calling the borough utility collector to schedule a meter reading before filling the pool. Call 609.924.7445 during normal borough hall hours: 3:30 pm to 6 pm on Wednesdays.
The steep water and utility increases are needed to support significant current and future costs to maintain the utility infrastructure and to stay in compliance with federal and state regulations, according to a letter mailed to all water / sewer utility customers. The letter was mailed prior to the May 3 public discussion of the rate change. Borough council adopted the new rates following the public discussion.