King County enacts sewer rate hike for 2011
December 28, 2010
The sewer rate for residential customers served by King County rises to $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.
Customers should notice the increase on Jan. 31 or Feb. 28 utility bills.
The county charges the rate to 34 cities and sewer districts, including Issaquah, to carry and treat wastewater.
Issaquah collects wastewater from more than 4,800 residences and businesses. The city does not operate a treatment plant. Instead, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.
The county then uses the rates Issaquah customers pay to maintain the regional sewer system.
In addition to the residential hike, commercial sewer rates increase 8.3 percent next year.
King County Council members increased the rate in June in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.
Officials said the rate increase should also offset increases in the cost of maintaining and operating a regional wastewater system serving customers in King County, and parts of Snohomish and Pierce counties.