Sewer rate hike gets initial OK

Sewer fees in Greenwood are a step closer to increasing.

The city council approved two 9 percent rate increases, which if given final approval in May, would take effect in June and in January. That would be an average $5 per month total increase for a residential customer.

Greenwood is raising the rates to pay for repairs to the city sewer system, which the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is requiring. A sewer overflow in 2012 killed fish in Honey Creek, and the city will be fined if it doesn’t fix or replace leaky sections of pipe. Disintegrating sewer pipes allow rainwater to get into the system, which then overflows.

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