By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer
MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough will raise its water and sewer rates for the 2022 fiscal year.
The new in-city water rate will be $7.61 per 100 cubic feet, while the new out-of-city water rate will be $7.99 per 100 cubic feet. The in-city sewer rate will be $8.03 per 100 cubic feet, and the out-of-city sewer rate will be $8.43 per 100 cubic feet. The new rates will go into effect on Thursday, July 1, 2021.
Marlborough Commissioner of Public Works Sean Divoll said that, as expenses incurred for water and sewer systems rise each year, the city needs to offset the costs with revenue.
“It’s very, very normal,” he explained in a recent interview with the Community Advocate. “Every city and town sees rising costs. It’s just a fact of life when buying things.”
Divoll also noted that, roughly a year ago, the city did a water and sewer rate analysis study. The results showed the city would have to increase its rates to offset costs in the coming years.
“To lessen the impact of having a big rate increase in one year, the city implemented a predicted rate increase that’s level over the next five years,” Divoll explained.