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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission approved today a 7 percent increase in water rates and sewer rates, effective Oct. 1, to support its $83.8 million budget for fiscal year 2013-2014.

The rates at the solid waste management facilities operated by the Utility Commission will remain unchanged in the upcoming fiscal year. These rates have not changed since 2009.

When the water and sewer rate increase takes effect, the monthly bill for the average household in Winston-Salem using 4,500 gallons of water will be $36.48 or $1.20 a day, or 8 cents more a day than the $1.12 that the average household currently pays. The table below shows how the rate increase will affect various customers.

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Typical Fast Food


High Water Usage Industrial Customer




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Despite the increase, Utilities Director Ron Hargrove noted that Winston-Salem continues to offer competitive water and sewer rates when compared among North Carolina’s largest cities. Next year the estimated average monthly water and sewer bill with a consumption of 4,500 gallons will be $37.63 in Greensboro, $51.67 in Raleigh, $50.51 in Durham and $47.20 in Charlotte.

“This rate increase is driven by our need to continue to invest in our wate

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