Water and sewer rates for users in the Town of Kensington will be increasing during the next five years if an application to the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission (IRAC) is approved.
The town’s water and pollution control corporation last applied for a rate increase five years ago. The pollution control facility has since needed some expensive maintenance and upgrades and work will continue for a few years to come.
The proposed rate increase will see combined water and sewer users spending, on average, an extra $2.28 per month, but it won’t bring the utility back into the black.
Kensington Mayor Rowan Caseley said at a recent committee meeting he hopes the town will attract some new residential and commercial customers during the next five years. New water and sewer hookups will help pay down the cost of the upgrades alongside the rate increases.
Alison Jenkins is a local journalism initiative reporter, a position funded by the federal government.