Williamsburg raises water rates for some

The Village of Williamsburg has decided to increase water rates to help offset rising water costs for the village. Increases in water prices along with rising water consumption have caused financial concerns for village officials.

The change was suggested during the Utilities Committee monthly report at the Williamsburg Village Council meeting on Aug. 11.

Committee chairman Eric Heiser said that his committee would like to establish an increase of one dollar to the over-minimum charge on monthly water bills. The current rate for over-minimum use of water is $4.90 per 1,000 gallons. The new rate would increase that amount to $5.90 per 1,000 gallons over the minimum.

Currently, residents have a 3,000 gallon allotment which they are charged for monthly. Residents or businesses who exceed that amount of water use are required to pay the over-minimum rate of $4.90 per 1,000 gallons over the minimum. Since the new rate increase only effects those who exceed an average of over 3,000 gallons per month, residents who are considered low consumption users won