Scituate selectmen met Tuesday night and unanimously voted to increase the town’s water rate by 5%. This will increase the average household water bill from $368.00 per year to $386.00 per year – an increase of $18.00 per year.
The selectmen have been continually raising the town’s water rates annually by 5% over the last 5 years.
Scituate Department of Public Works Director Al Bangert says the rate increases are used to help pay for the replacement of old, deteriorating water pipes.
“All this money will be used to fund the replacement of water pipes. The water pipes in Scituate were installed in 1902. There are many very old pipes that are clogged with mineral deposits and we need to replace those,” said Bangert.
The water rate increase is scheduled to go into effect on July 1.