An article in today’s N&O started off with this opening line; “Water bills are going up. Again.” 

 The council voted 5-3 to charge $3.27 per 1,000 gallons of water, up from $2.87, said Dale Crisp, the head of Raleigh’s public utilities department. A bi-monthly base fee of $8.47 will go up to $9.61.

That means the average household in Raleigh, which uses an estimated 4,500 gallons of water a month, will pay $39.04 for two months, instead of $34.30. Trash and recycling fees are tacked on to those bills. The rate approved Tuesday is the same amount paid by commercial customers, whose rates will also rise Dec. 1 because of a decision made by the council earlier this year.

By contrast, the same 4,500 gallons cost residents of Southern Granville  County  $137.88 (for two months) excluding Creedmoor, South Granville Water and Sewer Authority (SGWASA), customers are billed monthly. So, Raleigh water and sewer customers pay $39.04 bi-monthly, we pay $137.88.  Now do the math.

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